Haut de la Garenne - Press Release

Proceedings have been issued in the High Court in London against the States of Jersey in relation to the claims for compensation that are being pursued by the victims of alleged physical and sexual abuse at the Jersey children’s home, Haut De La Garenne. Alan Collins, Solicitor-Advocate of Hampshire solicitors, Verisona, who act for 38 victims, said today: “Proceedings have been issued because, in spite of assurances from the States of Jersey that there would be an attempt to address the victims’ claims outside the adversarial process, no proposals have been forthcoming and as far as I am concerned, no serious attempt at dialogue let alone negotiation has been made by the States of Jersey. “The victims’ cases have been treading water for far too long. Many have had to give evidence in criminal proceedings which has resulted in abusers being convicted. This was a harrowing experience. They have shown great fortitude and patience with the States of Jersey, and so they can be forgiven for concluding, given

The complete failure to attempt to resolve the claims on its part, that enough is enough. Let’s get the case before the court and allow the judge to decide whether we should be compensated”. Mr. Collins explained that proceedings will be issued on a case by case basis. Damages are being sought for the pain and suffering arising from the physical and sexual abuse sustained whilst the clients resided at Haut de la Garenne. Many were abused by members of staff (some of whom have been convicted). He argues that the States as the employers are legally responsible for the abuse committed by the staff, and as a consequence, should compensate the victims. For further information on the above press release please contact either Alan Collins on 023 9249 2472. You can read the BB report by clicking here. Listen to Alan Collins interview on IIV News here.


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