Reputation no longer Number 1 for Salvation Army

The Royal Commission has heard shocking allegations about the involvement of Salvation Army officers in  trafficking boys and organising child prostitution from children’s homes in NSW and Queensland.  Whistle blower Major Cliff Randall has testified to the Royal Commission that the Salvation Army covered-up and protected offenders.  He said that one Queensland officer was suddenly moved to NSW to avoid gaol.  Boys were apparently sent to Sydney to be sexually abused. One boy in particular never returned.  It was rumoured he was at the bottom of Sydney Harbour.

The Salvation Army has now taken a more conciliatory stance with Commissioner James Condon saying that the Salvation Army no longer considers its reputation a priority when dealing with victims of child sexual abuse. “The priority is the survivor, not protection of the Salvation Army,” he told the Commission. The Salvos will give an unreserved apology and a lump sum payment to victims through a new process they are trialling called ‘People First’. There is another hearing in March into the Salvation Army.

All survivors of child abuse at Salvation Army operated homes should contact Peter Kelso on 02 4907 4200 to find out more.  It is a good time to come forward now whilst there is a lot of public attention on the matter.

About Peter Kelso


I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.


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