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K Rudd ex PM delivering National apology to the Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants

"...They should be honoured for their experience and given every support they need in order to participate fully in the community of which they are part..."

Speech Senator Gary Humphries on the Forgotten Australians Inquiry.

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Ex PM Rudd chatting with Forgotten Australians and Child Migrant
Jenny Macklin and Wilma Robb at the function the night before the National Apology

Ex PM Rudd chatting with Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants after delivering National apology

Jenny Macklin and Wilma Robb at the function the night before the National Apology

Forgotten Australians are generally aged from 40 Years of age and up . Survivors of the 500,000 children placed in out-of-home care or institutional in the last 19th and 20th Centuries. These children (now Adults) suffer from abandonment and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from years of neglect and abuse.

It’s not just the impact that tragic childhood experiences have had for the Forgotten Australians./Careleavers Their children and families have also felt the impact, which can then flow through to future generations.

Forgotten Australians are a group of people from many backgrounds, mostly through no fault of their own were placed into institutions, orphanages and fostered out. Some of the reasons for their new placements were poverty, truancy, neglect, abuse, broken relationships, moral danger, runaways and many were children of soldiers killed in the second world war.

Throughout their childhood they were abused, the idea was to place these unwanted or troubled children into places where they would be safe, however this was not the case. Those employed to care for these children were never trained in the care or nurturing of children, neither were they checked for criminal records, it was accepted those who came forward cared. It is estimated approximately 500,000 children were placed into an environment where their lives would change dramatically, no love no care, physical, sexual, imprisonment,starvation, and some abuse leading to deaths.

The long term impact of a childhood spent in institutional care is complex and varied. However, a fundamental, ongoing issue is the lack of trust and security and lack of interpersonal and life skills that are acquired through a normal family upbringing, especially social and parenting skills.

A lifelong inability to initiate and maintain stable, loving relationships was described by many Forgotten Australians who have undergone multiple relationships and failed marriages. Many cannot form trust in relationships and remain loners, never marrying or living an isolated existence.

It is not just the impact that tragic childhood experiences have had for the Forgotten Australians. Their children and families have also felt the impact, which can then flow through to future generations.

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The long term impact of a childhood spent in institutional care is complex and varied. However, a fundamental, ongoing issue is the lack of trust and security and lack of interpersonal and life skills that are acquired through a normal family upbringing, especially social and parenting skills.

A lifelong inability to initiate and maintain stable, loving relationships was described by many Forgotten Australians who have undergone multiple relationships and failed marriages. Many cannot form trust in relationships and remain loners, never marrying or living an isolated existence.

It is not just the impact that tragic childhood experiences have had for the Forgotten Australians.Their children and families have also felt the impact, which can then flow through to future generations.

It is not just the impact that tragic childhood experiences have had for the Forgotten Australians. Their children and families have also felt the impact, which can then flow through to future generations.

Long-term Outcomes of Forgotten Australians (LOFA) Study

...However, the late 19th and early 20th Centuries have seen governmental and non-governmental organisations begin to seriously reckon with the dark side of their child saving. Horrific and inexcusable examples of abuse and neglect of children in care have come to light in many countries in Europe and North America. Governments around the world have had to issue apologies for decades-long policies and practices that systematically deprived indigenous ...

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Governments around the world have had to issue apologies for decades-long policies and practices that systematically deprived indigenous ...

Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission and the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes

If it were not for the "Bringing them Home" report, it maybe  reasonable to surmise 'A PIECE OF THE STORY' may never have been put together.

The Stolen Generation, Child Migrants and the Forgotten Australians may never have got to know anymore about the remaining chapters of our stories.

No gratitutde to the numerous children that went through their doors, when it was time to leave they were given no life skills to help them on their journey through life.

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The Stolen Generation, Child Migrants and the Forgotten Australians may never have got to know anymore about the remaining chapters of our stories.
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This image dedicated to all those abused whilst under Institutional care.
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Mr Morrisey went on to say “We must listen to what these children are saying and do more to meet their needs and concerns,”

Mr Morrissey Commissioner for Children and Young People released his report, he stresses in order for children to be protected, they needed to be given a voice and also have some involvement in the design of OOHC services as they are the ones with first-hand experiences.

Mr Morrisey went on to say “We must listen to what these children are saying and do more to meet their needs and concerns,”  

Concluding with “The delivery of out-of-home care in Tasmania should be held to account against an agreed set of standards with performance against those standards publicly reported on.”

The full report can be found here

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Commissioner for Children and Young People Mark Morrissey release his out-of-home care [OOHC]

CHILD PROTECTION AUSTRALIA 2015-2016

Each responsible department assists vulnerable children who have been, or are at risk of

being, abused, neglected or otherwise harmed, or whose parents are unable to provide

adequate care or protection. Children and young people are those aged under 18. This

includes unborn children in jurisdictions where they are covered under the child protection legislation. Unborn children are reported as a separate age group in tables disaggregated by age (where applicable)...

Each responsible department assists vulnerable children who have been, or are at risk of being, abused, neglected

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Institutional Care and the Long Term Impact

A Piece of the Story

...The criminal justice system is often seen as not being effective in responding to crimes of sexual violence, including child sexual abuse.

...The criminal justice system is often seen as not being effective in responding to crimes of sexual violence, including child sexual abuse. These crimes have: lower reporting rates; higher attrition rates; lower charging and prosecution rates; fewer guilty pleas; and fewer convictions...

...During this four-year period – which includes 3.5 years in which the Royal Commission has been in operation – the defendant was not convicted of any child sexual assault charge in more than 50 per cent of the prosecutions that were finalised at a defended hearing or trial...

...a. the criminal justice system operates in the interests of seeking justice for society, including the complainant and the accused... HERE

AN OUTLINE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS

The Royal Commission has conducted a comprehensive survey of Catholic Church authorities in Australia to gather data about the extent of claims of child sexual abuse made against Catholic Church personnel. HERE

The Royal Commission has conducted a comprehensive survey of Catholic Church authorities in Australia to gather data...