Abuse in Care Inquiry Media Release
14 August 2019
Inquiry welcomes confidentiality waiver
The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry has welcomed a move by Crown agencies to lift confidentiality obligations
on survivors of abuse in State care arising from settlement agreements with the Crown.
This means survivors who want to participate in the Inquiry can choose to share their settlement details with
Commissioners if they wish, despite any confidentiality agreements with Crown agencies.
The Inquiry’s Counsel Assisting Simon Mount QC says the waiver is intended to enable survivors to engage with the
Commission freely, even if they have entered into confidential settlements with the Crown in the past.
“We requested the confidentiality waiver earlier this year to ensure survivors can share their experiences and
effectively take part in the Inquiry, despite any settlement agreements with the Crown” says Simon.
“Our expectation is that faith based institutions will follow the Crown’s lead and waive any confidentiality obligations
for survivors of abuse in the care of faith based institutions. The same expectation applies to those bodies not covered
by the Crown’s waiver, for example boards of trustees, DHBs and private care providers.
“We encourage survivors to register on our website
to learn more about the Inquiry and find out how they can be involved. In all cases, it is entirely up to survivors
whether to disclose information from a confidential settlement. The Inquiry will respect survivors’ privacy at all
“Through hearing from survivors, evidence and research, we will make recommendations to the Government in 2023 on how
New Zealand can better care for children, young people and vulnerable adults.”