3 May 2021

Abuse in state-run children's homes focus of inquiry

7:29 am on 3 May 2021

Abuse in state-run children's homes will come under the spotlight at the Abuse in Care Inquiry over the next week.

Royal Commission Abuse in Care inquiry.

Photo: RNZ / Patrice Allen

The investigation by the Royal Commission will examine abuse and neglect of children and young people in residences run by the state, and by independent organisations on behalf of the state.

This includes boys' and girls' social welfare and family homes, and institutions that provided combined care and protection and youth justice care.

The hearing will hear from survivors of Kohitere Boy's Training Centre, Hokio Beach School, Epuni Boys' Home, Ōwairaka Boys' Home, Bollard Girls Home, Whakapakiri Youth Trust (Great Barrier Island), Kingslea Girls Homes, Moerangi Treks, and also Family Homes throughout New Zealand.

Sixteen witnesses will give evidence to the Royal Commission on their experiences while in care between 1950 and 1999.

They will talk about sexual, physical and psychological abuse and the effects it has had on them in later life.

The witnesses represent a cross section of people who have engaged with the inquiry.

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