Welcome to another week.

The nation’s Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse has started to look at historic child migration programmes which saw children from England being sent to other parts of the world like Australia, where British government officials knew children would be subjected to horrific emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

Children were shipped off to reduce the orphanage population in the UK and to boost the population of the colonies they were being sent to.

This week, the Inquiry will be hearing evidence from 13 former child migrants. 

An article over at the BBC suggests that migrant programmes could offer a unique insight into the long term effects of child abuse, and that ongoing symptoms of child abuse will become the central theme of the Inquiry.

Our question this week, is just this: do you agree that the long term implications of child abuse will grow to be the Inquiry’s focal point, or do you think it could be something else?

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