Founded in 1893 as a reform school, it was converted into an orphanages in 1923. Up til around the early 1970’s the management used not alone corporal punishment but also beatings to an extend so it was abuse. None of the adults were charged when the facility went through a reform in the early 1970’s in order to avoid a scandal because the state had neglected its oversight and supervision of the facility.
In 2019 prime minister Mette Frederiksen apologized on behalf of the state of Denmark for failed actions to intervene in the past.
The number of children staying at the facility were reduced and the children got their own rooms. For a number of decades everything then sounded fine.
But in 2021 news came that the facility failed to reports incidents where they had restrained the children which is against the laws in Denmark as every case where children are restrained has to be reported to the state authorities in order to evaluate the use of restraints and learn how to prevent them in the future.
It functioned as inspiration for the movie “Der kommer en dag” (The day will come)
It could not be fun to be there as child in the past and not now either as there is a reason for the mandatory reports to be made.
- Magtanvendelser mod anbragte børn og unge bliver ikke indberettet (TV2 News – in Danish language)
- Rørt Mette Frederiksen til Godhavnsdrengene: På vegne af Danmark, undskyld (Danmarks Radio – in Danish language)
- Danish PM apologises for historical abuse in children’s homes (BBC)
- Der kommer en dag (Internet Movie Database)