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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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The transcript from Day 26 of the ICJI public hearings is available for viewing and download via the website.

​The transcript from Day 2​6 of the IJCI public hearings is available for viewing and download via the website. Witness statements regarding Blanche Pierre were read into the record.

All previous transcripts and relevant documents are also available.

The public hearings resume at 14:00 on Thursday​ (23 October) with an anonymous witness giving evidence on Residential Homes in Jersey.

The proposed timetable up until mid December has been published
The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry has received hundreds of thousands of documents and, as stated in the public hearings on Wednesday 15 October 2014, time is needed to review and collate these. 

There will be no hearings between 27 October 2014 and 19 November 2014 (inclusive). The Inquiry team will be preparing evidence throughout this period, ahead of the Inquiry's hearings recommencing on 20 November 2014. The Inquiry intends to sit for four days each week until mid December.

The proposed timetable up until mid December has been published and can be viewed here.

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Chair: Frances Oldham QC
Frances Oldham QC
Alyson Leslie
Alyson Leslie
Sandy Cameron CBE
Prof. Sandy Cameron CBE

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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