Children told parents dead
Judge Henwood reported the panel being left “dumbfounded at the reasoning of the system” which moved children into state care.
It appeared to be “relatively easy” to make children state wards in the past, the report said, with some being taken away from their parents on “flimsy reasoning”, or on request of a step-parent who did not want the child.
In some cases children were taken from family and falsely told their parents were dead. Some children were moved into homes with an environment the same, or much worse, than those they were removed from