Royal Commission of Inquiry

Information about the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, and the role Oranga Tamariki will play.

Published on
26 Feb 2020
Royal Commission

Background and our role

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions investigates what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in care between 1950 and 1999. This can include hearing from people who were in care at any point after 1999 or are currently in care.

The government has agreed on a set of six principles to guide how government agencies and the Crown respond to the Royal Commission. These are manaakitanga, openness, transparency, learning, being joined up, and meeting our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We are committed to upholding the mana of all those involved in the Inquiry. It involves many Crown agencies which support children, young people and vulnerable adults in care.

The establishment of the Royal Commission is an important step to learn from the past, but this work is far from over.

Our role includes responding to requests for information, attending public hearings and working with other government agencies to support the Royal Commission.

Historic claims

We are responsible for managing concerns about the safety of children and young people currently in care.

The Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) Historic Claims team is responsible for managing claims from people who have experienced abuse or neglect in care before 1 April 2017.

We work closely with MSD to resolve claims that span before and after 1 April 2017.

Find out more about the Historic Claims process on the MSD website

More information

Information on the Crown’s response to the Royal Commission and how agencies are working together is available on the Crown Response website.

General queries

For more information contact:

  • Email:
  • Call: our general enquiry line: 0508 326 459
  • Call: 24/7 Caregiver Guidance and Support line: 0508 227 377

Media queries

Media enquiries should be directed to the Oranga Tamariki Media team and include the Oranga Tamariki Inquiry Team.