The Government has established a Royal Commission to gather evidence and information about abuse in State care and faith-based institutions between 1950 and 1999.
The inquiry is concentrating on:
why people were taken into care
what abuse and neglect happened and why
the effects of the abuse
redress and rehabilitation
what can be done to improve care in future.
The Anglican Church is included in the inquiry because, as a faith-based institution, we provided care for children, young people and vulnerable adults in various ways through this period.
The Church advocated strongly for the inclusion of faith-based institutions in the inquiry’s terms of reference so that as many people as possible had the opportunity for their stories to be heard. The Church is therefore fully committed to cooperating with the Commission and its work.
The Anglican Church, including the Auckland Diocese, does not condone abuse of any kind and acknowledges the profound, life-changing impact of abuse on individuals and families. Where claims fall within our responsibility, we will do all we can to care for and support victims and resolve their complaints.
If you are a survivor of abuse in State or faith-based care, we urge you to share your story with the Commission. Contact details are:
Phone: 0800 222 727 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
Mail: Royal Commission of Inquiry
PO Box 10071
Archbishop Philip Richardson’s interview with Newshub can be viewed here