Abused foster kids to receive compensation

Children who were subjected to abuse in foster homes from 1920-1980 are set to receive 250,000 kronor ($38,500) per person in compensation and a public apology, a government mandated inquiry has proposed.

The inquiry proposes that a ceremony beheld to issue the formal apology, as soon as possible, in response to requests from the abused.

“We have in the inquiry considered this to be a reasonable demand,” said Kerstin Wigzell, who led the inquiry.

The inquiry, which is entitled “Neglect and abuse at the hands of society”, was completed and presented to the Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health Maria Larsson on Thursday.

“The adults given the task of protecting these people as children have failed in this task. Society, in the sense of the state and the municipalities, has not lived up to its responsibility,” the report concluded.

More than 250,000 Swedish children were placed in the state’s custody over the period and the compensation will be paid out to those who are deemed to have suffered serious abuse.

The inquiry was launched by the government back in 2006 to shed light on widespread allegations of abuse suffered by Swedish youngsters while under the care of the state.

Aside from the compensation and public apology, the inquiry proposed that measures are put in place to ensure that a repeat of the offences of the 1900s never occurs again.

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