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State Care: history of brutal child abuse #NewZealand

The recommendations of the panel have been withheld.
PANEL MAKES 89 REFERRALS TO POLICE

State care-givers used fists, feet, and weapons to attack children in a period between the early 1940s and 1990s, says the final report of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service.

### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 07:32, August 25 2015
Generation of children brutalised in state care won’t get public apology
By Stacey Kirk
The Government will not offer a formal public apology to all children who were in state care during a 50 year period of brutal abuse. The final report of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service has detailed the harrowing experiences of children at the hands of people who were meant to keep them safe. The report, which heard evidence from more than 1100 people, is still under consideration by the Government. The abuse detailed in the report covers foster homes, institutions, asylums, health camps and borstals from the early 1940s up to 1992. […] Judge Carolyn Henwood, who headed the panel that has been hearing grievances since 2008, said: “Foster caregivers and extended families, social workers and staff, teachers, the clergy, cooks, gardeners, night watchmen, even other children and patients, all took part in abuse. […] When we asked people why they had come, they said they wanted to be heard, they wanted an apology and accountability, and they wanted to improve state care for children, for the next generation.” Even now, New Zealand had no official “duty of care” towards children written into its law, Henwood said.
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Final Report of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service 2015 (report cover) 1

██ Final Report of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service 2015
(PDF, 5.39 MB) Published by Stacey Kirk
The final report of the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service which was established in 2008 as an independent agency to provide assistance for people who had suffered abuse and neglect in state care before 1992.

ODT: Level of child abuse ‘horrifying’
● A panel tasked with examining historical abuse in New Zealand’s state institutions has heard a litany of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, describing it as “horrifying” and “deeply shocking”.
● In its final report, released to Fairfax under the Official Information Act, chairwoman Judge Carolyn Henwood said the panel members were “profoundly affected” by what they heard.
● More than 1100 people came forward to speak to the panel between 2008 and June this year, covering child welfare care, psychiatric care and health camps, and residential education.

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