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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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26/09/2014
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The transcript from Day 15 of the ICJI public hearings is available for viewing and download via the website.

The transcript from Day 15 (23 September) of the IJCI public hearings is available for viewing and download via the website. Mr Richard Whitehead provided evidence to the Injury on Legislation in Jersey from 1945,


The public hearings resume at 10:00 on Wednesday 2 October 2014 with the reading into the record​ of witness statements from Jersey Home for Girls.  

A former resident of a Jersey Care Home will be giving evidence in person on Thursday 2 October 2014. Members of the public are welcome to attend both sessions.


  
24/09/2014
IJCI Chair, Frances Oldham, says resolving the technical challenges to enable the public to download large quantities of documents efficiently is a priority.

The Chair of the Independent Jersey Chair Inquiry, Frances Oldham, says resolving the technical challenges to enable the public to download large quantities of documents efficiently is a priority.

Her comments came at the start of Day 16 (Wednesday 24 September) of the public hearings, before expert witness, Mr Richard Whitehead, from the States of Jersey Law officers' Department concluded giving evidence about the history of child law in Jersey.

Mrs Oldham stated: "Mr Whitehead's evidence has ranged over many decades and of necessity has referenced a very large number of supporting documents, some of them substantial in size.  Interested parties already have access to all this material. In accordance with our protocols these and all other documents produced in public sessions of the Inquiry will be made available on our website in due course.

"The volume of documentation already referenced and the enormous amount of material anticipated over coming weeks have created technical challenges for our suppliers. Solutions are being developed that will enable the public to download large quantities of documents efficiently, and allow us to provide this facility as the amount of material we consider grows significantly, over the duration of the Inquiry. 

"This issue is being worked on as a priority by the companies involved and when the system has been tested and is operational, we will make available online all the documents produced in all the public sessions of the Inquiry."

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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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