Public feedback invited on Terms of Reference for Royal Commission of Inquiry into abuse

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Submissions are invited on the draft Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care. The deadline to submit feedback is 30 April 2018.

In February this year, the Government officially launched the Royal Commission and the draft terms of reference for the inquiry.

Former Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, Chair of the Royal Commission, has already been speaking with groups and individuals about the draft Terms of Reference. Now, the Royal Commission is inviting feedback from the wider Aotearoa New Zealand public.

In an interview with Radio NZ, Sir Anand Satyanand said it was the first time a Royal Commission had asked for the public's feedback on terms of reference, saying "Now we've reached the point where a broader scope of connection with the public can occur..."

Sir Anand Satyanand also spoke with Waatea News acknowledging the significant number of Māori and Pasifika who have been affected.

The draft Terms of Reference currently propose that the inquiry cover the time period from 1950 to 1999 and include physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. The focus is on abuse that occurred in state care and currently does not include abuse in religious or other non-government organisations unless people were placed in those institutions by the state.

For more information about the inquiry and to make a submission on the draft Terms of Reference, see the Royal Commission website: http://www.abuseinstatecare.royalcommission.govt.nz.

After the consultation, Sir Satyanand will present a report and his recommendations to the Minister of Internal Affairs. Once Cabinet has agreed to the final terms and the terms have been gazetted, the Royal Commission will begin.

Selected media

Atonement and action in abuse inquiry, Waatea News, 16.04.2018

Abuse and neglect amid 163 complaints upheld against early childhood education services, Stuff, 13.04.2018

Campaigner marches to Parliament to protest children being taken from families, NZ Herald, 13.04.2018

Shocking complaints emerge in new childcare report, Newshub, 12.04.2018

Ministry upholds 163 complaints against ECE services, Radio NZ, 12.04.2018

Maori face needed on abuse inquiry, Waatea News, 05.04.2018

Sir Anand Satyanand: Inquiry into abuse in state care, Newstalk ZB, 04.04.2018

Public submissions sought for State care abuse inquiry, Māori Television, 03.04.2018 (in Te Reo Māori)

The Royal Commission into state care abuse: how to make a public submission, The Spinoff, 03.04.2018

Royal Commission of Inquiry seeks your views on historical state-care abuse terms of reference, NZ Herald, 30.03.2018

New Zealand’s problem with Māori boys, The Spinoff, 27.03.2018

Anglicans ask for abuse inquiry scope to be broadened, Press Release: Anglican Church in Aotearoa, Scoop, 26.03.2018

Churches push for inclusion in Royal Commission into abuse, Radio NZ, 26.03.2018

Catholic Church wants to be included in state abuse inquiry, NZ Herald, 26.03.2018

Churches seek inclusion in Royal Commission on state care abuse, NZ Herald, 26.03.2018

Sorry means you don’t do it again, The Spinoff, 19.03.2018

Abuse survivors speak out, accuse govt of backtracking, Radio NZ, 27.02.2018

PM faces claims over exclusion of churches from abuse inquiry, Radio NZ, 27.02.2018

PM says Crown Law handling of abuse claims will be reviewed, Newshub, 27.02.2018

New Zealand's state abuse shame: Survivor's struggle for justice, Newshub, 26.02.2018

Excluding Church from inquiry would be an 'abject failure', Radio NZ, 22.02.2018

A perpetrator can’t be a saviour: the state abuse historic claims system must go, Opinion, The Spinoff, 22.02.2018

Australian abuse survivors criticise NZ inquiry, Radio NZ, 22.02.2018

Marama Fox: We need to lift the scab on child abuse and investigate failure of the state, Newshub, 20.02.2018

Related media

Former foster carer jailed for 12 years for sexually abusing children, Stuff, 18.04.2018

Record number of children in state care - more than 6000, Radio NZ, 03.04.2018

The number of Kiwi kids in state care hits an all-time high at over 6,000, One News, 03.04.2018

Oranga Tamariki turns 1, Māori Television, 03.04.2018

One year since Oranga Tamariki formed critics say they’re yet to notice significant changes, One News, 03.04.2018

'The response is very poor' - Advocacy group says Oranga Tamariki still has far to go a year on from re-formation, One News, 03.04.2018