Appendix 7 - Date in care and forms of abuse described by care leavers in submissions

Appendix 7 - Date in care and forms of abuse described by care leavers in submissions

The information provided in this Appendix has been extracted from the submissions, both public and confidential, and like the listing of Homes is intended to give an understanding of the variety of care leavers and the scope of the evidence received by the Committee.

The figures in Table 7A give an indication of the period when the care leavers who provided submissions were in care. The date used is when the care leaver was first placed in care as many were in Homes for a span covering more than one decade. It should be noted that the dates in care were not provided in a number of submissions.

Table 7A: Care leavers by date placed in care

Time Period

Numbers in Care

Percentage

1920s

4

1.3

1930s

25

8.4

1940s

69

23.2

1950s

94

31.4

1960s

70

23.4

1970s

21

7

1980s

3

1

1990s- present

13

4.3

Total

299

100

Figure 7A: Care leavers by date placed in care (percentages)

Figure 7A: Care leavers by date placed in care (percentages)

Types of Abuse

The forms of abuse experienced by care leavers as described in submissions have been categorised under broad headings and reflect the discussion in chapter 4.

Table 7B: Forms of abuse experienced by care leavers

Forms of Abuse

Number

Percentage

Emotional

289

32.7

Physical

315

35.5

Sexual

186

20.9

Child Labour Exploitation

66

7.6

Neglect

33

3.3

Total

889

100

Emotional - includes psychological, verbal and mental abuse, humiliation and isolation.

Physical - ranges from physical cruelty, brutality, severe punishments, bashings and assault.

Sexual - ranges from molestation to sexual assault.

Child labour exploitation - ranges from complaints as to the workload of chores, to daily work related to the running of the Home, to physically demanding work in laundries and on farms, to work of any nature that many described as slave labour.

Neglect - includes various deprivations such as food and clothing, lack of education and healthcare.

Figure 7B: Forms of abuse experienced by care leavers (percentages)

Figure 7B: Forms of abuse experienced by care leavers (percentages)

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