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History of Inquiry

On 6th December 2010 the Island's Chief Minister made a formal apology to all those who suffered abuse in the States' residential care system, acknowledging that the care system had failed some children in a serious way.


This statement followed the conclusion of an investigation by the States of Jersey Police, named Operation Rectangle, into historical child sexual, emotional and physical abuse in a number of institutions in Jersey.  Operation Rectangle reported and recorded a total of 553 alleged offences between September 2007 and December 2010.  Of these, 315 were reported as being committed at Haut de la Garenne Children's Home.  Eight people were prosecuted for 145 offences and seven convictions secured.  The Police identified 151 named offenders and 192 victims.


In his apology the Chief Minister promised that the Council of Ministers would consider whether there remained any 'unanswered questions' that required further investigation by a Committee of Inquiry.


On 2nd March 2011 the States Assembly formally requested the Council of Ministers to establish a Committee of Inquiry to investigate a number of 'unresolved issues' in relation to historical abuse in the Island:


(1) What measures were taken to address inappropriate behaviour from staff when it was discovered, and if those measures were insufficient, what other measures should have been taken?


(2) How did those in authority at political and officer level deal with problems that were brought to their attention?


(3) Were there any mechanisms in operation to allow children to report their concerns in safety; and what action was taken if and when concerns were voiced?


(4) Was a consistent and impartial approach taken when deciding on which cases to prosecute; and was the process free from political influence or interference at any level?


On 6th March 2013 the States Assembly agreed the Terms of Reference for a Committee of Inquiry to undertake a wide-ranging investigation into historical child abuse in Jersey.  The Inquiry will allow victims and others to recount their experiences, to establish how establishments caring for children were managed and to compare this to the norms of the time.


On 10th December 2013, following a rigorous selection process, the appointed Panel took the oath of office before the Bailiff of 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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