About half a million Australian children were brought up in ‘care’ in the 20th century. These children were placed in out-of home care and in institutions. The institutions included children’s homes, orphanages, and industrial or training schools. They were administered by the State, religious or charitable institutions and welfare groups. Children who were brought up in care have been labelled ‘Ex or Former Residents’, ‘Homies,’ ‘Wardies’, ‘Orphans’, ‘Foster Kids’, ‘Stolen Generations’, ‘Child Migrants’ and ‘Forgotten Australians’. The most inclusive term for them is ‘Care Leavers’.
Many Care Leavers experienced abuse while in ‘care’ – either sexually, physically, emotionally or by neglect. This abuse is often referred to as Institutional Abuse. Tonight we’ll be talking about the legal issues and practical obstacles Care Leavers face in Australia when they try to seek justice for the Institutional Abuse they suffered.
Tags: abuse, care leavers, catholic church, children's homes, compensation, forgotten australians, institutional abuse, physical abuse, sexual assault, state redress, wards of the state
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