Sunday, 26 February 2017

NOT in Canada Eh! - The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

Despite the headline the BBC article The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad is referring almost entirely to Australia. A single mention of Canada comes in the sentence "An estimated 150,000 children were sent over a 350-year period to Virginia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and what was then Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe." Over 100,000 came to Canada as Home Children.

The article describes post-WWII abuse at religious institutions and at Fairbridge Farm Schools in Australia and is prompted by an Australian Royal Commission inquiring into "institutional responses to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse and related matters." The scope is broader than British child immigrants and focuses on
a. what institutions and governments should do to better protect children against child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts in the future;
b. what institutions and governments should do to achieve best practice in encouraging the reporting of, and responding to reports or information about, allegations, incidents or risks of child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts;
c. what should be done to eliminate or reduce impediments that currently exist for responding appropriately to child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts, including addressing failures in, and impediments to, reporting, investigating and responding to allegations and incidents of abuse;
d. what institutions and governments should do to address, or alleviate the impact of, past and future child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts, including, in particular, in ensuring justice for victims through the provision of redress by institutions, processes for referral for investigation and prosecution and support services.
Canada has had its own issues, notably abuses at residential schools. Sexual abuse of children in Canada extends to a small minority of clergy and hockey coaches. Just as it would be unjust to condemn all clergy ot hockey coaches for the abuses committed by a few it is equally unjust to condemn all child migration to Canada because a few children were abused and ill-treated.

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