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Ms EF and her brother went into State care in the 1960’s at age 9 following her father’s conviction for sexual abuse of a child. Through her time in care, Ms EF was largely separated from her brother, except during repeated visits with their father, which were permitted by the Department of Social Welfare despite its knowledge of their father’s convictions. Ms EF’s father would sexually abuse her during these visits. Ms EF lived in multiple foster homes and was sexually abused by her foster father in the last home. Ms EF talks about the separation from her brother, disorientation from multiple placements, and shutting down due to what was happening as lasting impacts of her experience. As an adult, having had a career involved with pastoral care of school children, she speaks about the need for wrap around and trauma informed support for children in care.


Witness Statement of Ms EF


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