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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 in Jersey, or direct experience of it, is invited to get in touch with the Inquiry.

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18/12/2014
The IJCI has published its proposed timetable up to the end of January 2015.

​The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry has published its proposed timetable up to the end of January 2015.

There are no hearings until Tuesday January 13, when the Inquiry will start hearing evidence from witnesses re their experiences of Haut de la Garenne during the 70s and 80s.

The Timetable can be viewed here.

In the meantime the Inquiry Team are continuing to talk to witnesses and prepare evidence. This starts with the identification of all documents relating to any individual. These can include statements given to the States of Jersey Police, Social Services files, Redress Scheme applications, minutes from the Education Committee and Children's Sub-Committee and any miscellaneous documents relating to decisions and discussions about the child. In some cases, this documentation can run to thousands of pages per individual.

  
17/12/2014
The transcripts from Day 38 of the Inquiry are available.

​The transcripts from Day 38 of the Inquiry are available. The evidence is from 9 December and includes a witness from Haut de la Garenne as well as the reading into the record of several former residents. They can be read 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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