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Thursday, 13 March 2014

"Jersey Child Abuse - Committee Of Inquiry"

"Call For Witnesses"


The inquiry looking into historic child abuse allegations in Jersey's care system is calling for witnesses, three weeks ahead of its public launch.
The panel wants to hear from anyone who spent time in care or foster homes.
The committee of inquiry will investigate what went wrong in Jersey children's homes and fostering services over many decades.
It will also look at claims of abuse at the former children's home Haut de la Garenne.
Carrie Modral, from the Jersey Care Leavers Association, said she had faith it would be a "robust inquiry".
"I am very pleased, this is a step in the right direction and it is important people come forward and give their testimony," she said.
"It won't be the first time they have done it but it will be the last time. The victims have gone through enough, they have a right to get their stories out but this should be the last time."
'Lessons can be learned'
The year-long £6m inquiry will investigate allegations of abuse in the island's children's homes and fostering services from 1960 to the present day.
The panel is led by Frances Oldham QC, who said she wanted to hear from anyone who had experienced the care system in the island, whatever their perspective.
She said: "The inquiry aims to understand what happened, why it was allowed to happen and what lessons can be learned.
"We will put witnesses at the heart of this process and do all we can to ensure that they are encouraged to trust us with their stories and experiences."
The inquiry launches on 3 April at St Paul's Centre in St Helier, when Mrs Oldham will explain to the public how the inquiry will be run.
The panel also wants to hear from people who were responsible for running and monitoring care services.


  1. Frances Oldham says: 'Lessons can be learned'.
    So, if Frances Oldham QC, and her committee hear allegations. of The present Director Of Education punching, throttling, and throwing vulnerable child around.
    Her conclusion will be Make sure that you do not employ a Director Of Education like him again.

  2. Just wondering why, evidenced multiple witnesses who call out names of public sector employees still in work or retired,who will not then be interviewed by the long arm of the law. If invited to be interviewed is there any basis in law for them to actually appear, knowing what they know ?

    Reading Rico Sordas blog and the ToR's, I see no invitation for prosecution towards the abusers and those who may not have abused but were indeed party to abuse by not fulfilling their responsibility to the management position they were employed in, by having knowledge of co- workers being bad.

    Starting to think, and I really do not want too, that the bottom line will be, lessons will and have been learned now fuck off and leave the perpetrators and perverts in peace.