The Queen attends the Government's reparation ceremony at Stockholm City Hall

On Monday 21 November, The Queen attended the Government's reparation ceremony for people who have suffered injustice or neglect in social care.
During the ceremony, Speaker Per Westerberg read a reparation statement to those who had been mistreated. Minister for Children and the Elderly Maria Larsson and Anders Knape, Chairman of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, then spoke about how society can act in future to prevent children from being mistreated. Afterwards, writer Viveca Lärn read a new text entitled "The Lamp Shines Brightly".
 
Following the ceremony, The Queen made the following statement:
 
On 17 November, we held the second forum at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
 
We spoke at length about the best interests of the child, children's right to a childhood and their right to security.
 
Today, I attended the Government's reparation ceremony for those children who have been mistreated in our country, who have suffered injustice or neglect in social care.
 
It is sad to hear about children who are mistreated, and that this has happened here in Sweden. It affects us deeply. I understand that there are some scars that never heal completely. We all have a responsibility to ensure that children can feel safe in our society.
 
The ceremony at Stockholm City Hall today was a sobering reminder that children are completely dependent on us adults.
 
Children are the only ones
except you
who rely completely
on love.
God, give us a world
where they are not disappointed.
(Prayer by Susanne Rikner)