As part of the investigation into abuse in the care of the Catholic Church the Inquiry will investigate events that occurred at Marylands School in Christchurch. Marylands was a residential school for boys, including many with learning disabilities, run by the Catholic religious order the Hospitaller Brothers of St John of God, from the 1950s to 1984.
What are we investigating?
We will investigate the nature and extent of abuse that occurred at Marylands, why it happened, and the impacts of abuse that may have occurred at the hands of priests, religious or lay employees of the Church. It will investigate whether there are any systemic, structural or other factors which contributed to the abuse occurring and the adequacy of the response by the Catholic Church to allegations of abuse.
The scope of the Marylands case study can be read here.
If you are a victim or survivor of abuse at Marylands School and you want to share your story with us, please get in touch. We would like to hear from you whether or not you had any involvement with criminal prosecutions following a Police investigation in the 2000s into abuse of children at Marylands and St John of God, and whether or not you have already received compensation or redress from St John of God.
If you have family or whānau who suffered abuse at Marylands School, or you witnessed abuse at the school as a visitor or staff member, your account is also very important to this investigation.
These accounts, combined with those of many other victims and survivors of abuse in the care of the Catholic Church, at Marylands or elsewhere, will help the Royal Commission to make findings about what happened and why, and any appropriate recommendations for change.
If you have information you want to share about abuse at Marylands School in Christchurch then please call us confidentially on 0800 222 727 or register online.