Following the report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Barnardo’s UK has issued the statement below.
A Barnardo’s UK spokesperson said:
Barnardo’s welcomes the publication of IICSA’s report on post war child migration, and the inquiry’s recognition of the work of our after care department in the UK and Australia.
We acknowledge when child migration took place, systems to identify and protect children from sexual abuse were not as comprehensive as they are today. We are pleased that the inquiry recognises that Barnardo’s had robust systems in place when abuse of children was identified, and that immediate action was taken.
While we look back at child migration with abhorrence, it was believed at the time that it was in the child’s best interest and it was widely accepted policy, encouraged by both British and overseas governments.
We apologise to those child migrants who were abused while in the care of Barnardo’s UK. We are truly sorry for their experiences of that abuse and for any harm they suffered. We will continue to apologise, acknowledge and provide support to child migrants as we have throughout our history.
If any child migrant wishes to access their records and share their experience with Barnardo’s UK you can contact our Making Connections service email@example.com