NZ Herald

Researchers want to hear institutional care stories

HALF a million people are estimated to have grown up in institutional care last century and a University of NSW study wants to hear their stories.

The Long-Term Outcomes of Forgotten Australians study wants to hear the positive and negative stories from people who lived in care between 1930 and 1989.

The results will help inform and refine the existing system of care and policies.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse chairman Justice Peter McClellan launched the study in Sydney yesterday at the UNSW.

UNSW social work professor and study chief investigator Elizabeth Fernandez said the study would "build a knowledge base" of those who grew up in care.

"Concern has grown nationally and internationally about the history of trauma and victimisation experienced by the profoundly disadvantaged and vulnerable groups - Forgotten Australians, the Stolen Generation and child migrants - while growing up in institutions and other types of public care, and in their transition into adulthood," she said.