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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 in the first quarter of 2017.

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.


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23/06/2017
IJCI-accredited media to be given a copy of the Executive Summary of the final report in “lock-in” conditions two hours before publication of final report on Monday 3 July.

Having considered various representations, the IJCI Panel on Friday (23 June) announced the following:

Members of the media who have received Inquiry media accreditation will be given a copy of the Executive Summary of the final report in “lock-in” conditions at 1300 on Monday 3 July, 2017 at St Paul’s Centre in St Helier.

This is ahead of formal publication of the full report on-line at 1500, and report summary read by Panel Chair, Frances Oldham QC, also at 1500 at the Centre.

NB: The media will not be allowed to leave the room, speak with anybody or release any information within the Executive Summary during this two-hour window. Any electronic devices must be handed to the Inquiry team before entry.

Any member of the media who has not yet been media-accredited* by the Inquiry and wishes to attend, should send their name, details of their media organisation, contact details and a passport sized photo to the Media Team by 1500 on Tuesday 27 June, 2017.

The Panel will consider their applications and inform individuals of their decision by 1700, Thursday 29 June, 2017

Only those who have been granted Inquiry media accreditation will be granted access to the Executive Summary. Those who wish to be included in the ‘lock-in’, should let the Media team know by 1700, Friday 30 June, 2017.

Arrangements for accessing pool video and photos by accredited news organisations of the reading of the report summary will be advised in due course.

To contact the Media Team: press@jerseycareinquiry.org

* Inquiry Protocol: Media and Conduct in the Inquiry’s Hearing Room

  
05/06/2017
Public launch of the IJCI Final Report will take place at 1500, July 3 2017, at St Paul's Centre, St Helier. 

​The IJCI Panel on Monday (5 June) issued further details about the publication of its report on July 3 2017. The public launch will take place at St Paul’s Centre, Dumaresq St, St Helier.

Interested Parties will be given access to the final report two hours before its publication. This is in line with paragraph 19.6 of the Inquiry Protocols: General Procedures.

Interested Parties and their legal representatives are invited to attend St Paul’s Centre at 1300 to consider the report. They will not be allowed to speak to anyone else, including the media, at this time.

At 1500, St Paul’s will be open to the public and the media. There will be a statement from IJCI Chair, Frances Oldham QC. The Panel will not be taking any questions or giving interviews. A pool arrangement will be in place to provide video footage and photographs of the report’s launch and will be made available as soon as possible after the event.

The report will be published on the Inquiry website at 1500 on July 3, 2017.

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

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