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​Witness Support Information  

The Inquiry is well aware that for many witnesses, the process of recounting relevant events can be traumatic.  Every effort has been made to ensure that sufficient emotional support is available for all witnesses.

The Inquiry has arranged independent support to be made available by Victim Support Northern Ireland (VSNI).  This support will be available throughout 2016 for people who have given evidence to the Inquiry.

Witnesses who wish to speak to someone in Jersey may also contact Victim Support Jersey.

VSNI will continue to:

Provide phone support to enable witnesses to talk in confidence about how they are feeling.

Refer witnesses to on-island therapeutic support if required.

VSNI cannot provide:

An emergency helpline.

On-going therapeutic support.

Financial aid.

How to contact VSNI

Freephone from Jersey/UK:  0800 735 0008 / +44 (0)1534 828 794 (International)

By email:

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm Mon –Fri

A dedicated voicemail is available out of hours.  Please do leave a message and your call will be returned.

Emergency Support

Please note that VSNI does not offer an emergency helpline. If you feel that you require more urgent support, please contact:

The Sama​ritans

Telephone: 08457 90 90 90

Napac (National Association of People Abused in Childhood)

Telephone: 0800 085 3330  free from landlines and some mobiles.

Victim Support Jersey

Telephone: 01534 440496

Opening hours: 9am-1pm Mon-Fri

VSNI Confidentiality Statement

VSNI ensures that:

- Your confidentiality is respected

- Your records are held in secure conditions

- You will be advised if a legal request for your information is received

- Information about you will only be shared with other professionals outside of VSNI with your consent

- Your information is protected in accordance with our Confidentiality Policy and the Data Protection Act 1998

VSNI will only break your confidentiality if it is felt that you or someone else is at risk of harm or if Child Protection or Vulnerable Adult issues are disclosed. We will make every effort to advise you of this.


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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."

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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