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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 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. Three phases of hearings were held in public in St Helier between July 2014 and June 2016.

 

The Panel has sought to gain an understanding of the past so that it can make recommendations to ensure Jersey's care services are fit for the purpose of caring for vulnerable children and young people.

It is now analysing all the evidence to determine the culture of the relevant institutions and establish whether there were any patterns of abuse or systematic failings that can be identified. Its recommendations will be published in a report at the end of 2016.

Transcripts and supporting documents from the public hearings are available here.
 
The Inquiry office at Seaton Place is now closed.

The Inquiry offices have been decommissioned and equipment and furnishings have been recycled to States departments, charities and community organisations in Jersey.


Witness Support

Arrangements for the support of witnesses via the Northern Ireland Victim Support Unit and a local independent support unit, which have been in place since 2014, continue. Details are available here.

Latest Updates

  
  
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09/03/2017
IJCI Panel advise of delay to publication of report after receiving new information relating to Phase 3 of their work.

​The Panel of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry on Thursday (9 March) released the following statement:

"The Panel has received new information as part of Phase 3 of its work, in respect of recommendations for the future of Jersey's childcare system.

"The Panel has advised the States of Jersey that there will be a delay to the publication of the report pending examination of the new information as to whether it affects the recommendations we intend to make.

"We do not anticipate extensive delays. We will announce the date of the report's publication in due course and advise on the arrangements that will be in place for its launch."

  
22/11/2016
IJCI final report to be published in first quarter of 2017.

The Panel Independent Jersey Care Inquiry is progressing with the drafting of its report into the abuse of children in Jersey's care system over many years. It confirms that the report will be published during the first quarter of 2017 and not at the end of 2016 as previously published. Further information in respect of the publication will be provided in the New Year.

 

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

Witness Support

The Inquiry has arranged independent support from Victim Support Northern Ireland for witnesses who have assisted the Inquiry. This support will remain available throughout 2016.

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