Early 2019 we announced the appointment of a Survivor Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE). The group represents survivors of abuse in State care and those from faith-based institutions.
Survivors are at the centre of the Royal Commission’s work so it is essential their voices are heard and respected.
SAGE members have identified themselves as experts on abuse in psychiatric and mental health care, redress, faith-based care, the Māori experience (both men and women) of abuse in care including residences, abuse of men, physical disability, adoption, communication with survivors, human development, prevention of abuse, policies and procedures.
Commissioners will this year be gathering smaller survivor groups together to receive advice on specific areas. This will happen as each investigation team is established and starts its work.