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Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry is investigating the abuse of children in Jersey's care system over many years.

The Panel hearing the evidence wants to build up as full a picture as possible so that it can then make recommendations, ensuring that the Island's care system is fit for its purpose of caring for vulnerable children and young people.

 

The Inquiry Chair, Frances Oldham QC, has promised a "robust and fearless" examination of what went wrong and to find answers for people who suffered abuse as children.

The hearings are being held in public at 11 -15 Seaton Place in St Helier.

Where agreed in advance, some witnesses will be giving their evidence in private. Arrangements are in place to guarantee their confidentiality.

Transcripts of the hearings will be placed on the website.

Meanwhile, anyone with information about the care system on Jersey, or direct experience of it, is invited to get in touch with the Inquiry.

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18/09/2014
Transcript
The transcript from Day 14 of the ICJI public hearings is available for viewing and download via the website.

The transcript from Day 14 (11 September) of the IJCI public hearings is available for viewing and download via the website. Miss C gave evidence to the Inquiry on Residential Homes in Jersey.

Public hearings will resume on Tuesday 23 September 2014 with Mr Richard Whitehead providing evidence to the Inquiry on legislation in Jersey from 1945.

  
16/09/2014
The Chief Minister Ian Gorst has clarified the role of two senior States officers who are collecting documents for the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

The Chief Minister Ian Gorst has clarified the role of two senior States officers who are collecting documents for the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

Answering a question from Deputy Hilton in the Assembly last week, Senator Gorst said both Richard Joualt and Tony Le Seuer, from the Children's Service "were moved to continue doing their work to facilitate the information flow to the inquiry."

Underlining the independence of the Inquiry, Senator Gorst added that "they are not connected in any way with the inquiry.  They are not working for the inquiry.  They are not instructed by the inquiry."

The Chief Minister said the officers' role had been reported "in an unfortunate way."

He went on: "…it is important that that work is done so the inquiry receives all the information that it needs.  There are hundreds... there are thousands of boxes of information that need to be reviewed and passed to the inquiry.  The inquiry decides whether those papers are then made public or how they are redacted, not anybody employed by the States."

The full exchange can be found near the bottom of the page on the States website.

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Frances Oldham QC
Alyson Leslie
Alyson Leslie
Sandy Cameron CBE
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Witnesses Appeal

The Inquiry would like to hear from anyone with information about care homes or foster care in Jersey. This includes senior managers, support staff such as cooks and cleaners, police officers, teachers -
indeed anyone coming into contact with children in the care system. People who
were in care at anytime since the war are also asked to come forward and tell
their story.  A free and confidential support scheme is available on and off Jersey.

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