School's response to child sex abuse claims to be probed

A TOOWOOMBA Catholic school's response to allegations of child sex abuse will be the focus of a Royal Commission hearing in Brisbane next week.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will commence at the Brisbane Magistrates Court this Monday.

The hearing will inquire into the response by the Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Toowoomba, to allegations of child sexual abuse at St Saviour's Primary School.

The public hearing - the sixth since the Royal Commission was established - is scheduled to run for up to two weeks.

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines, says the scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  • The response by the principal and other members of staff at St Saviour's Primary School in Toowoomba to allegations of child sexual abuse made against a teacher at the primary school in September 2007.
  • The response by officers of the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, to information supplied by the primary school principal at St Saviour's Primary School regarding the allegations of child sexual abuse received in September 2007.
  • The adequacy and implementation of systems, policies and procedures of the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, and St Saviour's Primary School for the prevention, detection, investigation and reporting of allegations of child sexual abuse since 2007.

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