Royal Commission of Inquiry
Published: September 10, 2021
Information about the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, and the role Oranga Tamariki will play.
Background and our role
A Royal Commission is a public inquiry, generally reserved for the most serious issues of public importance. It’s fully independent and the Commissioners decide how to run it.
The Abuse in Care Inquiry was set up in response to the calls made for several years, by individuals and groups in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad, for an independent inquiry into abuse in care. It follows inquiries into similar issues in other countries, including Australia, Canada and Scotland.
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions investigates what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in care between 1950 and 1999. This can include hearing from people who were in care at any point after 1999 or are currently in care.
The Government has agreed on a set of six principles to guide how government agencies and the Crown respond to the Royal Commission. These are manaakitanga, openness, transparency, learning, being joined up, and meeting our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
We are committed to upholding the mana of all those involved in the Inquiry which involves many Crown agencies which support children, young people and vulnerable adults in care.
The establishment of the Royal Commission is an important step to learn from the past, but this work is far from over.
Our role includes responding to requests for information, attending public hearings and working with other government agencies to support the Royal Commission.
Children currently in care
While the Inquiry will focus on the 1950s to 1990s, Oranga Tamariki needs to hear about any safety concerns for children who are currently in care.
Our current processes for raising concerns will remain in place.
We are responsible for managing concerns about the safety of children and young people currently in care.
The Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) Historic Claims team is responsible for managing claims from people who have experienced abuse or neglect in care before 1 April 2017.
We work closely with MSD to resolve claims that span before and after 1 April 2017.
Public hearings will be held throughout the Inquiry. Through public hearings the Inquiry will hear evidence and information about abuse in State care and faith-based institutions. More information can be found on the Public hearings | Abuse in Care - Royal Commission of Inquiry.
Information about Royal Commission public hearings is available here.
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