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