WelCom July 2020:
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care wants to hear from survivors of abuse suffered in faith-based care who later sought redress from the Church or other faith institution or through civil legal action.
It is seeking survivors to tell their stories as it prepares for its Faith-based Redress Public Hearings, to be held from 23 November to 11 December. It will be investigating the adequacy of the redress process of the Catholic Church, Anglican Church and the Salvation Army, and what needs to be done to support people who have been abused or neglected in faith-based institutions.
Te Rōpū Tautoko – the group coordinating Catholic engagement with the Royal Commission on Abuse in Care – has been asked by the Royal Commission to distribute information about the faith-based hearings.
Information on how the Church is helping the Royal Commission can be found at https://tautoko.catholic.org.nz/
Information on the Catholic Church’s National Office for Professional Standards, which helps abuse survivors and arranges independent investigations into abuse, can be found at https://safeguarding.catholic.org.nz/