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Abuse victims' lawyer: 'Please remember the inquiry is about people'

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The lawyer, representing victims of historical child abuse in Jersey, has asked the Care Inquiry to remember their investigation is all about people.

Alan Collins is speaking on behalf of the Jersey Care Leavers Association.

He asked the inquiry to remember all the evidence they have been hearing, over nearly two years, is about people.

[The victims] had the tragic misfortune as children to be sexually, physically or emotionally abused. It's about their stories and the stories of those whose own lives, for better or for worse, were shaped by the survivors.

– Alan Collins, Jersey Care Leavers Association

Mr Collins characterised the inquiry as an opportunity for allegations of abuse within various States institutions to be examined in detail, and to make significant changes to improve things in future.

He also said little would be achieved by blaming individuals, but that the "inescapable conclusion" is that grave mistakes were made.

The JCLA makes no apology for making the point that the actions of given individuals have to be assessed against the wider backdrop of culture, whether political, societal or management.

– Alan Collins, Jersey Care Leavers Association

The Jersey Care Leavers Association is due to make a further submission to the inquiry next month.

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