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Isolated care system ill-equipped to deal with Halifax orphanage abuse: report

Isolated care system ill-equipped to deal with Halifax orphanage abuse: report
Canada
A new report from an ongoing public inquiry into decades of abuse at a Halifax-area orphanage says a fragmented system of care was not equipped to address the needs of children who were vulnerable.

Inquiry co-chairwoman Pamela Williams says it’s an idea that has consistently emerged as the inquiry has conducted its work over the last three years.

Williams, who is chief judge of the provincial and family courts, says there must be fundamental changes in the way agencies operate to create “stronger trusting relationships” with the community at large.

Co-chairman Tony Smith, a former resident of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, says “silos” have to be broken down within a care system that is not designed to address the unique needs of the African Nova Scotian community.

"We were more encouraged to not talk about these issues that happened to us" – Tony Smith (in reference to experiences of former residents)
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