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Information for Former Residents and Other Survivors

The Salvation Army remains committed to supporting former residents in whatever way we can. This is the official apology from The Salvation Army to former residents and other survivors.

Apology from The General of The Salvation Army

In December 2010 General Shaw Clifton, then World Leader of The Salvation Army, issued a formal apology to those who had been abused as children while in the care of The Salvation Army in Australia.

You can view the apology in full by reading this PDF

General's Apology to Former Residents of Salvation Army Homes

The Salvation Army feels deep regret for every instance of child sexual abuse inflicted on children in our care. We are grieved that such things happened. We acknowledge that it was a failure of the greatest magnitude.

Today's Salvation Army has strong policies and procedures to protect children and ensures the protection of children is the most serious of our obligations. We continue to improve our processes so that children will never be placed in situations like this again and welcome the recommendations from The Royal Commission on how we can further protect children in our care. 

Further information 

The Centre for Restoration may be helpful to any former residents who want to speak to someone.

The Salvation Army Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet and work and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.

We value and include people of all cultures, languages, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and intersex status. We are committed to providing programs that are fully inclusive. We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of people of all ages, particularly children.

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The Salvation Army is an international movement. Our mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name with love and without discrimination.

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