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Monday, 16 June 2014

"States Departments Refusing To Furnish Abuse Inquiry With Documentation?"

Care Inquiry public hearings begin

22nd July

Leah Ferguson, Seaton Place.

The public hearings into allegations of historical abuse in Jersey will begin on 22nd July.

It is expected the first witnesses will provide expert information on the background and context of Jersey’s care system, dating back to the end of the war.

It comes as the panel in charge of the investigation confirm they are still waiting for key documents from the States. 

They will be the subject of a further preliminary hearing on Wednesday 2 July.

The dates were announced at a hearing this afternoon (Monday). 

There, Jersey Police and Health and Social Services Department said they were worried about data protection issues. They said being summonsed to provide sensitive documents was not the best way of achieving information. 

In 2011, the States agreed to hold an inquiry into allegations of historic child abuse, following criminal investigations at the former children's home Haut de la Garenne. 

The Treasury has allocated £6 million for the Inquiry, which is expected to take a year to complete. 

Frances Oldham QC has been appointed to chair the Committee of Inquiry. She said: "The Panel are looking forward to beginning the public part of the Inquiry and would like to assure everyone that we will work as openly and transparently as possible. 

"We urge anyone who thinks they can contribute to our work to contact us in what is a very safe environment. We will be robust and independent in our approach to uncover the truth about what went wrong in Jersey's child care system over many years."

She is a top UK lawyer with considerable experience of cases involving sexual and physical abuse. The other two Committee members are former social work director Alexander Cameron and child protection expert Alyson Leslie. 

Latest details on the Inquiry, including contact details and a FAQ section, can be found (urle "" "here" "") .

Please see the VoiceForChildren blog at the link below for more details.

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