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Inquiry publishes Child Migration Programmes report

1 March 2018

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has today (1 March 2018) published its report into the Child Migration Programmes case study.

The report criticises Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) for the policy of child migration and recommends that all child migrants are financially compensated by HMG through a redress scheme. The report also recommends that organisations involved in implementing the migration programmes offer apologies to child migrants, where they have failed to do so.

Chair of the Inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay, said:

“Child migration was a deeply flawed government policy that was badly implemented by numerous organisations which sent children as young as five years old abroad.

“Successive British governments failed to ensure there were sufficient measures in place to protect children from all forms of abuse, including sexual abuse. The policy was allowed to continue despite evidence over many years showing that children were suffering.

“We hope that this report offers acknowledgement to those who experienced abuse resulting from the child migration programmes.”

The report is available to view on the Inquiry’s website.

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