A statement on behalf of families of victims of abuse at Winterbourne View was read outside Bristol Crown Court after 11 former members of staff were sentenced.
Spokeswoman Beverley Dawkins said: "Our children have suffered greatly and it will take a long time for their mental and physical health to recover - some of them may never fully recover."
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