Call for kids to share about their life in child protection

THE head of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says young people who share their stories about living in care could make the future better for others.

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald used youth conference in Brisbane on Saturday to invite children and young people to talk about their experiences in the child protection system.

"It's important for you, but it's also important for kids to come, as well as holding those who have done the wrong thing to account," Mr Fitzgerald said.

"I, as a Commissioner, don't know how it feels to be in and out of home care.

"You've felt it, experienced it.

"You know what we need to do - tell us."

The royal commission heard from more than 4000 people who experienced abuse in schools, religious institutions and other organisations.

It's believed about 50,000 Australian children pass through the child protection system each year.

In November, the commission will look at allegations of abuse at two Brisbane schools. - APN NEWSDESK

Topics:  child protection

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