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Thursday, 29 March 2012

"Peanuts From The Monkeys - Abuse Survivors Ridiculed Again"

Jersey child abuse victims compensation announced

Seven people were convicted after the abuse inquiry, with four linked to Haut de la Garenne


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Victims of child abuse at Jersey care homes are to be offered up to £60,000 compensation from the States.

More than 100 former care home residents will be able to make claims, with the level of payout dependent on the nature of the offences.

Carrie Modral, from the Jersey Care Leavers Association, said it was a long time coming.
She said: "A lot of the survivors are living on the poverty line so it will be a huge boost to help with debts."

She added: "But for some people it's just not enough for the abuse that they suffered."
'Fairly and sensitively'

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, said: "Whilst we recognise nothing in some ways can compensate for that abuse, we as ministers feel this financial recompense is appropriate at this time."
Senator Gorst said he hoped to launch a public enquiry into historical abuse in the island.

"I hope to be in a position to launch a public enquiry for the States assembly to debate within the next month to six weeks."

He added: "The Council of Ministers wants to ensure claimants are dealt with fairly and sensitively," the Sentator added.
"Many of them had been placed at homes in Jersey [...] only to endure often harsh conditions, deliberate cruelty and sexual abuse."
Alan Collins Representing abuse victims
The scheme will be open to anyone who was in a Jersey care home between 9 May 1945 and 31 December 1994.

People making a claim will give their details to law firm Mourant Ozannes who will then assess each case.

Advocate Beverley Lacey from Jersey law firm Mourant Ozannes said they were not expecting more than 100 claims.

She said: "Three different sets of law firms are acting for a total of 90 claiments, we are not anticipating the number to reach more than 100."
'Recognition needed'

Alan Collins from the UK law firm Pannone, which is representing 43 victims, said this was about justice rather than compensation.

He said: "The victims have been driven by a need for recognition.

"Many of them had been placed at Haut de la Garenne - and other homes in Jersey - through no fault of their own and often because of tragic family circumstances, only to endure often harsh conditions, deliberate cruelty and sexual abuse.

"Those who were supposedly caring for them either abused or were complicit."
All claims need to be into Mourant Ozannes by 30 September 2012.

An inquiry into historical abuse at Jersey's children's homes ran between 2007 and 2010.



  1. "Up to £60,000"

    Looks like the survivors would be much better off with a Jersey "Golden Handshake" !!!

  2. let's see if I'm understanding this...a pre fixed amount set before a case is tried...? WTF.please someone enlighten me as it looks like the State removal of normal procedure....?

  3. The States of Jersey is putting aside around £6,000,000. For at least 100 Jersey Child Abuse Victims....

    Thats a few million less that The States of Jersey have/are wasted/ing on their fast failing coverups!?

  4. Hi Ian.
    Good to see your up & running.

    Just put up the Audio from today's Press Conference.
    You & your reader's can Listen HERE


  5. Up to £60,000 is concerning, how many will actually recieve that amount, who decides?
    It is a save bet that the Lawyers will get a lot more!!

  6. Ian,

    This was taken from the website of a UK legal firm specialising in Child abuse. It was under the heading od abuse and `Police Assault'.I thought it may be of interest to you?

    ``Speaks for itself, abuse of power resulting in physical harm usually whilst in police custody. It also includes interference with goods ie non-return of items taken into custody by the police''.

    The link is:


  7. Brian JohnstoneApril 01, 2012 3:26 pm

    The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers make you take the blue pill keeping vitims in blissful ignorance of illusion. Be Aware... They are NOT what they seem to be. They started out with good intentions however when certain high up legal mason's got wind of the impending doom on its way to british court, they effectively clamped down on them, strategically placing some of their own Bedford Row Buddies into the mix...Don't Trust Lawyers... Any Lawyers. The best you can do is hope you loose all the way to europe where you may stand a chance, but they have it sewn up there almost now.