Children in institutions


What is the issue?


The systemic abuse and neglect of children in care institutions is well established, yet the violence continues and few survivors ever secure redress. Children in residential and community care may endure sexual abuse, or be subjected to physical and emotional violence. The harm inflicted on them can last a lifetime and the people responsible for protecting them often hide the abuse. Children who have lived in institutions are also more likely to be drawn into the criminal justice system, perpetuating the cycle of violence and detention.