Number of children harmed in state care slammed as 'disturbing'

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Friday, 15 March 2019, 7:33a.m.
In the worst cases, children had been raped or beaten. Photo / 1232RF

The number of children harmed in care is being described as 'disturbing'.

More than 220 children who were removed from their families to keep them safe went on to be harmed in state care over a six-month period.

The new findings, the first from Oranga Tamariki's new reporting system on child harm, were described as "distressing" by chief executive Grainne Moss.

In the worst cases, children had been raped or beaten. Several incidents led to criminal charges.

Psychologist Gary Hermansson told Tim Dower the children were somewhere they should've been safe.

"To go in to a place where you will then suffer abuse can cause some real issues long term with their own development."

Graphic / NZHerald
Graphic / NZHerald

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