In response to wide-spread concern at abuse which occurred in faith-based institutions the Government extended the Terms of Reference to include such abuse and neglect. This broadening of the Inquiry’s scope was supported by leaders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and follows similar overseas investigations into abuse within the Anglican Church and its related entities.
This investigation will examine abuse which occurred in the care of Anglican Church entities in New Zealand. The Anglican Church has assumed responsibility for the care of children, young people and vulnerable adults in New Zealand from the 19th Century and continues to do so today. The care has extended from its broadest pastoral obligations, to care within different institutional settings and entities including residential and non-residential care and schools. The Inquiry will investigate abuse and neglect that occurred from 1950 to 1999, and has the discretion to consider abuse that occurred before 1950, and from 1999 to the present day.
The investigation will gather information about what happened, 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, institutional or other factors which contributed to the abuse occurring and which affected the response from the Anglican Church to abuse.
The scope of investigation can be read here.
During the investigation the Inquiry will conduct specific case studies on institutions, settings or themes within the Anglican Church. These will be identified in the near future, with the details of the selected case studies published on this page.
The redress processes of the Anglican Church are being examined in a public hearing on faith-based redress in November and December 2020. More information on this hearing can found here.
Victims and survivors of abuse in the care of the Anglican Church, their families and whānau, and people who witnessed abuse, may have important information that helps the Inquiry. Sharing your experience with us will help us investigate and make findings about what happened and why, and make any necessary recommendations to the Anglican Church to prevent and respond to abuse in care in the future.
We acknowledge that sharing experiences of abuse will be difficult, but it is important for these stories and accounts to be told and bought into the light. Please click here to access the Inquiry’s wellbeing information and contact page if you need support at any time.
If you have information you want to share about abuse in the care of the Anglican Church in New Zealand then please call us confidentially on 0800 222 727 or register online.