The Inquiry will launch a series of investigations into abuse and neglect that occurred in State and faith-based care settings, and into themes and issues.
Investigations will give a voice to those victims and survivors of abuse and neglect in care who want to share their experiences. They will allow the Inquiry to look back and make findings about what happened and why, and also to look forward and make meaningful recommendations for change to the way New Zealand cares for children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Investigations will use different ways of gathering information to answer the questions in the Terms of Reference, including witness statements, research, roundtables, hui and fono, analysis of anonymised information from private sessions and written accounts, public hearings, submissions, and policy analysis.
Most care setting investigations will select institutions as case studies to closely examine particular issues, for example a school or a hospital. Thematic investigations may also have case studies on particular issues such as redress processes. Most case studies will include public hearings.
At the end of most, if not all, of the investigations the Inquiry will publish an investigation report which will include findings and recommendations.
The Inquiry will apply the following criteria in selecting investigation topics that:
A case study can focus on a care institution, a setting, a particular theme or kaupapa, a systemic issue or a group of people/s. In selecting case studies within investigations, the Inquiry will apply the four general criteria above, and the following additional criteria:
This investigation will examine and report on abuse and neglect of children and young people in residences run by the State and faith-based institutions.
The Māori investigation will examine issues that are relevant to Māori experiences of abuse in State and faith-based care.
This investigation will examine abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults in State psychiatric care in New Zealand.
The Inquiry will investigate and report on the experiences of children, young people and adults with disabilities who have been abused or neglected while in State or faith-based care.
This investigation will examine abuse which occurred in the care of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand.
This investigation will examine and report on abuse and neglect of children and young people in residences run by the State.
The Pacific People’s investigation will look into themes and survivor experiences that are relevant across all state and faith-based settings where abuse of Pacific People occurred.
This investigation will examine abuse which occurred in the care of Anglican Church entities in New Zealand.