The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry is investigating allegations of child abuse in 13 Northern Irish care homes, orphanages and other residential institutions from 1922 to 1995, Community Care reports.
The inquiry is also set to look at how 120 children from these institutions were sent to Australia between 1947 and 1956.
The inquiry has seen over 400 people come forward to say they have been abused.
The inquiry was set up by the Northern Ireland Executive after the 2009 Ryan Report into child abuse within Catholic institutions in the Republic of Ireland. The Report caused and outcry and sparked a campaign for a similar investigation in Northern Ireland.
We’re very glad that this inquiry is going ahead, but we do need an inquiry of this nature here in England.
For anyone new to the world of the care system in England, all it takes is a quick Google of a phrase like “child abuse in care homes in England” and a depressingly long list of items flash up on the screen. From young boys in care who come forward to say they’ve been abused by MPs, to warnings by our own government departments that care homes are still not free from child sexual abuse, these atrocities are still being committed today, on a large scale.
It’s time our government looked at this issue here in England. The topic of children being abused in care homes goes back many decades. We see long term abuse highlighted in documents like the Jillings Report, which focused on child abuse in care homes in Wales and which revealed that their had been “Extensive abuse” in those homes. English care homes don’t fare any better. Kendall House was a care home which allowed the systematic abuse of children for years, and yet our government still refuses to look into these issues, citing previous reports carried out as sufficient examination.
We beg to differ. As long as children in England are being abused and men and women are coming forward to highlight gross abuse, our government should be doing everything it can to stop this from happening.
We applaud Northern Ireland for looking into its care homes and seeking out the truth. Now, it is time David Cameron did the same.
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