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The History and Allegations of Abuse at Wanslea Children’s Home

The Wanslea Children’s Home, established in 1905 in Cottesloe by the Independent Order of Odd-fellows, began as an orphanage for very young children. Over time, it received state government funds from Western Australia, which led to changes in its role and the acceptance of neglected or disadvantaged children.

By the late 1960s, the institution expanded its accommodation policy to include state wards. In 1982, it housed 24 school-age children and up to 10 pre-schoolers. The Home transitioned from orphanage-style accommodation to cottage care in 1985, with the opening of residential cottages in Mosman Park. As of 2003, it provided emergency foster care placements for children aged between 0 and 12 years old.

Former residents have reported that Wanslea was a place where sexual and physical abuse occurred regularly. Specific allegations include abuse in the bathing facilities, which were preserved by the National Trust of Western Australia. One former resident recounted being called a ‘filthy child’ by the matron and being physically and violently forced to bathe with their head held under water for an extended period. There are also reports of abuse occurring between the children, with older children allegedly sexually and physically abusing younger ones.

Wanslea has acknowledged its historical practices and expressed regret for the mistreatment and neglect of some children and young people in its care. The organization has publically apologized to those who may have experienced abuse while under their care.

As Koffels Solicitors and Barristers, you are dedicated to representing survivors of historical institutional abuse and ensuring they receive the best compensation the law allows. This blog post can serve as an informative piece to raise awareness and provide support to survivors seeking legal representation for their claims. If you require further assistance or specific details, please feel free to reach out.

Why Choose Koffels Solicitors and Barristers?

At Koffels Solicitors and Barristers, we specialise in historical institutional child sexual abuse compensation claims. Our experienced team understands the complexities involved in these cases and is committed to providing compassionate, expert legal representation. Here are a few reasons why survivors of Wanslea Children’s Home should consider Koffels as their trusted legal partner:

  1. Expertise in Historical Institutional Abuse Cases: With years of experience handling cases of historical institutional abuse, we possess the knowledge and skills required to navigate these challenging legal battles.
  2. Personalised and Compassionate Approach: We recognise the sensitive nature of these cases and offer a personalised, compassionate approach to every client. Our goal is to ensure that survivors feel supported and understood throughout the legal process.
  3. Proven Track Record: Koffels has a proven track record of successfully securing substantial compensation for survivors of institutional abuse. We are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Steps to Take if You Are a Survivor

If you are a survivor of abuse at Wanslea Children’s Home, it’s crucial to know that you are not alone. Here are the steps you can take to begin your journey toward justice and compensation:

  1. Reach Out for Support: Contact Koffels Solicitors and Barristers for a free & confidential consultation. Our team will listen to your story, provide legal advice, and discuss your options for pursuing a claim.
  2. Gather Evidence: Collect any relevant evidence, such as documents, photographs, or witness statements, that can support your case. Our team will guide you through this process to ensure that all necessary information is obtained.
  3. File a Claim: With the assistance of our experienced solicitors, file a compensation claim against Wanslea Children’s Home. We will advocate to hold the responsible parties accountable and secure the compensation you deserve.

Contact Koffels Solicitors and Barristers Today

At Koffels Solicitors and Barristers, we are committed to standing by survivors of Wanslea Children’s Home and other institutions where abuse has occurred. Our dedicated team is here to help you navigate the legal process and achieve the justice and compensation you deserve.

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