Presbyterian Support welcomes inquiry into historical abuse in state care and in the care of faith-based institutions

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Presbyterian Support welcomes inquiry into historical abuse in state care and in the care of faith-based institutions.

 

Presbyterian Support Upper South Island (PSUSI) welcomes the Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state care and in the care of faith-based organisations from 1950-1999.

The Inquiry is looking into what abuse happened, why it happened and what the impacts were.

PSUSI was one of a number of organisations throughout New Zealand that provided care for children and young persons on behalf of the state during the period covered by the Royal Commission Terms of Reference.

Presbyterian Support Upper South Island CEO Barry Helem says the organisation strongly condemns any form of abuse and is committed to its vision of a just, compassionate and inclusive society. He says they will continue to do their utmost to advocate for the protection of all vulnerable people.

“We are deeply committed to working with the Royal Commission of Inquiry and wish to acknowledge the hurt and pain that has been caused in the past to those in care. Our Christian faith and values will guide us as we walk the long road with survivors to a place of healing. We will be open and transparent. We will show compassion and humility.”

Presbyterian Support Upper South Island requests that anyone who has experienced abuse through their connection with PSUSI care facilities, to make contact  with them, to the Police, or the Royal Commission directly:   www.abuseincare.org.nz/survivors/how-to-get-involved