LETTER : Briefly

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The Independent Online
The harrowing coverage, over the previous two Sundays, of the child abuse scandal in Clywd is to be welcomed at a time when concerted effort is apparently directed at suppressing publication of the independent report. However, it is inappropriate to refer to the children who were exposed to this abuse as "inmates". Inmates occupy custodial institutions, which is presumably where the abusers should be. It is unacceptable to apply this term to children in the public care.

Barry Goldson, University of Liverpool