Page last updated at 10:44 GMT, Monday, 22 March 2010

Jersey child abuse victims 'owed apology from States'

Police officer at former home Haut de la Garenne
Haut de la Garenne was closed as a children's home in 1986

Jersey's government should apologise to people abused in the care system, the home affairs minister has said.

Four years ago police started investigating claims of abuse in children's institutions in the island dating from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Senator Ian Le Marquand said he had no doubt there was abuse in care homes, and the States should say sorry for it.

But he said the apology should only come once all criminal cases relating to the investigation are resolved.

To date there have been four convictions as part of the ongoing historic abuse inquiry.

They have included ex-staff at the former children's home Haut de la Garenne.

Senator Le Marquand told BBC Jersey he thought care-leavers had been misled at the beginning of the inquiry.

"I think the biggest tragedy out of all of this is the false expectations which were raised for care-leavers.

"The expectations that were raised as to what was going to happen and the number of prosecutions was never realistic.

"I think that's very unfair on them."

Print Sponsor

Abuse report praises police chief
11 Mar 10 |  Jersey
Anger over police debate secrecy
26 Feb 10 |  Jersey
Abuse probe 'political pressure'
12 Feb 10 |  Jersey
Historic abuse pair lose appeal
21 Jan 10 |  Jersey
Jersey abuse inquiry criticised
02 Sep 09 |  Jersey

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific