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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."



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