Workshop on Public Inquiry into Children in State Care - Symposium - Wellington - 14-15 Feb 2018

When: 14 - 15 February 2018.

Where: Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, 23 Lambton Quay/Bunny Street, Wellington.

Hosted by The Aotearoa New Zealand Centre for Indigenous Peoples and the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland; New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice; and Institute of Criminology School of Social and Cultural Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.

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This two-day symposium will evaluate and make recommendations on the Government’s draft terms of reference for their inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.  It will focus on the scope of the inquiry, compensation and apology. It will consider the views of those with experience with similar inquiries overseas, as well as the views of local experts working on justice for survivors, legal practitioners/scholars and the survivors themselves.

The symposium will also consider the operations and “manner of working” of the inquiry.

Australian speakers include:

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Background information

A Draft Framework for a NZ Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care (2017) was written by Elizabeth Stanley (Associate Professor in Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington), Rosslyn Noonan (Director, NZ Centre for Human Rights, Law School, Auckland University), Anaru Erueti (Senior Lecturer, Law School, Auckland University) and Sonja Cooper (Principal, Cooper Legal).

The framework is based on a survey, completed by 340 survivors of abuse in state care. It reflects their wishes. Advocates and survivors who have worked on these issues for many years were also consulted.

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