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 and its final report by January 2023.
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;
– openness – being honest and sincere, being open to receiving new idea;
– transparency – sharing information, including the reasons behind all actions;
– learning – active listening and learning from the Royal Commission and survivors, and using that information to change and improve systems;
– being joined up – agencies work together closely to make sure activities are aligned and engagement with the Royal Commission is coordinated; and
– 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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