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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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IJCI hears further evidence re Blanch Pierre family group home

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry has heard evidence today (Thursday 20 November) from 'Miss K' who described the abuse she suffered at the hands of Jane and Alan Maguire at Blanche Pierre family group home.

Speaking anonymously from behind a special screen, Miss K also recounted how police officers told her to drop her allegations of sexual abuse by Alan Maguire as it would be her word against his. She said she was devastated when told that the case against the Maguires was dropped due to insufficient evidence.

The transcript and supporting documents will be available for viewing and download in due course.

The public hearings resume tomorrow (Friday 20/11/14) with further evidence re Blanche Pierre family group home. Doors open at 0900. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Public hearings will resume next Thursday, 20 November, with more witnesses giving evidence about family group homes.

​Public hearings will resume next Thursday, 20 November, with more witnesses giving evidence about family group homes.

Evidence will then be heard Haut de la Garenne.

Since its last hearing on 24 October 2014, the Inquiry has had the opportunity to take further statements from potential witnesses who continue to get in touch and also to review a significant number of newly disclosed documents.

The Inquiry anticipates hearing evidence, both oral and read in, from more than 40 witnesses in the period up to 12 December 2014.
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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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