Man says placements became a training ground for jail

The struggles of a man who was taken into state care as a young boy were relayed to the Abuse in Care inquiry in Auckland today.

Chassy Duncan, 31, spoke to the Royal Commission via an audiovisual link in the Falkland Islands.

He is currently in prison in Port Stanley along with two other fishers after being convicted of assault.

Duncan is serving an 8-month sentence.

He was 10 years old when taken into state care.

His mother was struggling with him and one day after slapping him, she freaked out and called in social welfare for help.

Instead of helping, the department took her son away. Continue reading

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