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Blue Knot Foundation and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Royal Commission

Blue Knot Foundation would like to acknowledge the ground-breaking compassionate yet forensic work of the Australian Royal Commission 2013-17.  A global first, in scope, powers and influence it has provided society, institutions and governments with a blueprint for social change. The recommendations must be adopted promptly and comprehensively to ensure that our nation keeps its children in institutions safe, and provides pathways to justice and support for all victims and survivors across the life cycle.

On the close of the Royal Commission, and on the occasion of the final hearing on December 14th 2017 Blue Knot Foundation released

Media release – Blue Knot Foundation Final Hearing 

Blue Knot Foundation – Background Notes – Closure of Royal Commission 

Blue Knot Foundation is keen to work with all governments and opposition parties to honour the findings of the Commission and uphold the human rights of children and all Australians.

Message to Australia

‘Message to Australia’ gave those who bravely told their story to the Royal Commission an opportunity to share a message with the Australian community about their experience and hopes for creating a safer future for children. These messages were published in a commemorative book that was handed over to the National Library of Australia during the final sitting of the Royal Commission on 14 December 2017. More than 1,000 contributions were received and will remain as a tribute to survivors’ courage in coming forward to tell their stories and provide a public record of their experience. Messages are available to be viewed below and the book is on display at the National Library of Australia and in all state and territory libraries.

Final report

On 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission presented a final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination of a five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters. The final report includes 17 volumes as well as an Executive Summary. It can be found at: