May 08, 2019
Guidelines set for abuse inquiry response
The Government has agreed on a set of principles to guide how government agencies and the Crown responds to the Royal Commission into historical abuse in state care and in the care of faith-based institutions.
The commission is set to present an interim report in December 2020.
State Services Minister Chris Hipkins, who will lead the Crown's response, says 11 government agencies are involved.
The six principles are:
– manaakitanga – treating people with humanity, compassion, fairness, respect and responsible caring that upholds the mana of those involved;
– active listening and learning
– being joined up so agencies work together
– meeting obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Mr Hipkins says at least half of children in state care were Māori so it is vital their experiences are recognised and respected by Crown agencies.
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