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Inquiry into abuse of children in state care welcomed

02 February 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell -

Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft is welcoming the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the historic abuse of children in state care between 1950 and 1999.

He says it is a positive step forward for all of those who suffered the pain, fear and grief from abuse while growing up with the trauma of being removed from their families. 

Judge Becroft says nothing can restore their blighted childhoods, but he hopes the inquiry provides an opportunity for the survivors to feel genuinely listened to.   

"There's much we can learn about how to better protect our most vulnerable children in care," he says. "We need to do much better. We're certainly improving but our monitoring systems, our protective systems, our complaint and inquiries systems, we can learn a lot from the lessons of the past of why children didn't complain."

"These are all key insights as we move forward."

Judge Andrew Becroft. Photo/ OCC.

Former Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand will chair the Royal Commission of Inquiry which is expected to take three years.