CARE-EXPERIENCED CHILDREN GET IMPROVED ACCESS TO THE ABUSE IN CARE ROYAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY THROUGH NEW MOU

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry.

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry is investigating the abuse and neglect that happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in care from 1950 to 1999. It will also consider experiences of abuse or neglect before 1950 and after 1999.

After completing its investigations, it will make recommendations to the Governor General on how New Zealand can better care for children, young people and vulnerable adults.

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry

Coral Shaw: Chair – Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry

Inquiry Chair Coral Shaw said that although the Royal Commission’s core focus is historical abuse between 1950 and 1999, it also has discretion to hear about any abuse or neglect before or after these dates.

“Forming strong relationships with key stakeholders like VOYCE is essential to reaching the tens of thousands of children, young people and vulnerable adults who experienced abuse while in State care or faith-based institutions.”

“This agreement will help to ensure all survivors, including Māori, Pasefika, LGBTIQ+, the disabled or those with mental health disorders, know about and can engage with the Royal Commission,” said Shaw.

VOYCE Chief Executive Tracie Shipton said that children and young people in State care need to be listened to and their voices kept at the centre of all decisions made about them.

“This partnership will help break down barriers and create safe ways for care-experienced people to engage with this process” said Shipton.

The MoU includes a set of key principles – such as good faith, autonomy, cooperation, communication and timeliness – that will guide how the organisations will work together going forward.