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Other Abuse Claims - Migrants and Stolen Generations

Child Migrant claims

Child migrants or “home children” were illegally and forcibly sent from the United Kingdom and Malta to Australia, many after World War II, and often raised in orphanages and care. Many still had families but were told they didn’t. Far away from their place of origin, many child migrants were vulnerable to, and suffered, horrific abuse.

The United Kingdom has established an Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to investigate institutional child abuse in the UK. The Inquiry has recently investigated the link between institutional abuse in the UK and Australia which came in the form of child migrants who were forcibly removed from the UK and sent to various institutions across Australia. The Inquiry has found that 7,000 children from the UK were sent to Australia, more than half in the years following WWII, but sadly only 2,000 are still alive today. The Inquiry criticised the policy of child migration, saying that successive British governments failed to ensure there were sufficient measures in place to protect children from the possibility of abuse once they arrived in Australia. The Inquiry recommended that the British government compensate the remaining child migrant survivors for abuse suffered at institutions in Australia.

There are also options for pursuing a claim in Australia, such as taking your matter to court, settling your matter out of court, pursuing a Redress Scheme claim, and other options such as victims of crime claims and Sentencing Act applications. We can discuss which option(s) are best suited to your needs.

Stolen Generations claims

Ryan Carlisle Thomas can assist with claims for members of the Stolen Generations of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities by Australian and State Governments, and has done so for many years.

The National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families estimated that between one in three and one in ten Indigenous children were forcibly removed between approximately 1910 until 1970.

Many of our Stolen Generations clients describe abuse in historical residential institutions and in out of home care. In addition to suffering physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect, members of the Stolen Generations were also subjected to racial and cultural abuse. There are also options for pursuing a claim involving abuse suffered as a member of the Stolen Generations, such as taking your matter to court, settling your matter out of court, pursuing a Redress Scheme claim, and other options such as victims of crime claims and Sentencing Act applications. We can discuss which option(s) are best suited to your needs.

If you have been a victim of abuse or know of someone who has, please call us on 1300 366 441 or find us at an office near you.

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