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Summary

  1. Jersey child abuse 'swept under the carpet'
  2. --- The inquiry - covering seven decades - warns some young people may still be at risk
  3. --- Since the report was published two people have come forward reporting abuse
  4. --- Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst says his priority is to 'ensure no child suffers abuse in Jersey in the future'
  5. --- He aims to bring a 'children's plan' in by October
  6. Guernsey teachers plan to strike next week
  7. Inspection of Jersey water leak school planned
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Victims and survivors 'totally and utterly vindicated' says campaigner

Neil McMurray from the Voice for Children care leavers campaign group has said the devil will be in the detail of the full report released by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

Neil McMurray
BBC

Certainly the victims and survivors have been totally and utterly vindicated today. They've been believed, they've been listened to, so that has got to be the most positive thing to have happened. They were ridiculed, called liars, called drug addicts, called all sorts of things. Now they've been vindicated and one of the recommendations is that they need to be listened to in the future.

Neil McMurrayVoice for Children

Man 'repeatedly punched in face' in St Peter Port

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man was "repeatedly punched in the face" after a fight broke out at the Panda Chinese takeaway in St Peter Port, police have said.

Officers are appealing for information after the incident, which saw a second man being arrested on Sunday.

Police say there were about 20 people in the restaurant and are appealing for witnesses.

Guernsey teachers strike: Parents should not be 'concerned'

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Education Committee has said plans are in place to deal with a potential strike by teachers at Les Beaucamps High School which is set for next Tuesday and Thursday.

Members of the Guernsey branch of the NASUWT are due to walk out next week following concerns about "management practices" at the school.

The Committee Vice-President Deputy Carl Meerveld said parents should not be concerned.

Staff in care home did not have 'basic qualifications'

Staff at Jersey's Heathfield care home for children were appointed "without basic qualifications" it has been revealed as part of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

The final report from the panel said staff did not have sufficient training, and despite "some innovative practices" being introduced in 2005, the management response to issues with the home's operation were "inappropriate" and "lacking insight".

One manager, Kevin Parr-Burman was mentioned by name, and came under criticism from the panel for "blaming young people", and emphasising the necessity of control, as opposed to care of the children in the home.

Former bailiff apologises for child abuse comments

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sir Philip Bailhache, who made comments about the ongoing care inquiry in his speech as bailiff on Liberation Day in 2008, has apologised for his "ill chosen" words.

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Care Inquiry: Report 'damning' of states from 1945 almost to present time

A States of Jersey deputy has called the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report "damning" of the States across the period of time looked at by the panel.

Deputy Mike Higgins
BBC

The overall impression of the report was that it was thoroughly put together, and it's damning. It's damning of the States since 1945, almost to the present time. Obviously from the size of the report we've got a lot of reading to do. I think people were relieved at the fact that they did identify many of the failings in the States, and they have recognised the suffering of the victims. No one can say they weren't badly treated, they weren't abused. They were, and the evidence has been given.

Deputy Mike Higgins

Care inquiry: Secure rooms not used in other Western nations

Lock on a door
BBC

Secure accommodation or detention rooms were "a significant feature" of the experience of many former Jersey care home residents.

The inquiry's report says throughout the period reviewed "secure rooms were not used in other Western nations, save for the most serious of circumstances, and only as a means of last resort and for the minimum necessary time".

In contrast in Jersey they were used "routinely and excessively, in a punitive fashion, without regard to the needs, welfare or rights of the child and without proper care or safeguards".

Child services care home saw 'young children' work in factory

Young people at a care home run by the States of Jersey were made to work in factories, a report has found.

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry panel said the "industrial model" where young people were trained to work in local services whilst in care, "continued much longer in Jersey".

Sacre Coeur, one of a number of States run care homes mentioned in the report, was highlighted in the report for doing this.

The panel said "young children" at the homes worked in the "Summerland Garment Factory" and criticised the States of Jersey for not taking "greater responsibility" for the young workers.

Guernsey properties without power due to 'fault'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Chalmers turns down London Games offer

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cameron Chalmers says he has turned down a 400m spot at this weekend's London Anniversary Games to rest before next week's European Under-23 Championships.

The 20-year-old, from Guernsey, came third at the British trials on Sunday to boost his hopes of representing Great Britain at next month's World Championships.

Cameron Chalmers
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"I actually got a phone call yesterday offering me a lane which I turned down, as crazy as that sounds," he told BBC Sport.

"But it's just the wrong timing, to put it plainly. I've run half-a-second quicker than I thought I would [this season] and that's suddenly opened a lot of doors, so I'm a victim of my own success a little bit."

Cameron Chalmers

Chalmers turns down London Games offer

Sprinter Cameron Chalmers turns down a spot at the London Anniversary Games to rest before the European Under-23 Championships.

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Children 'humiliated and beaten with nettles'

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry panel has said the children housed at the Jersey Home for Boys and Jersey Home for Girls suffered "cruel and degrading punishments".

The facilities, which later joined to become Haut de la Garenne, were the setting for "children being humiliated and beaten with nettles" and "locked in confined spaces", according to the inquiry panel.

Although the report acknowledges regime changes at the facilities over the years, it concludes "the suffering of children who were sent there did not diminish".

Guernsey residents advised 'to avoid jellyfish'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jellyfish have been sighted off Guernsey's west coast at Cobo and Grandes Rocques.

Blue jellyfish in a tank
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People have been warned not to touch them by Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services. However, it added it was likely the species offshore were largely harmless.

The department said the descriptions provided indicated the jellyfish seen were likely to be blue and compass jellyfish.

In 2007 a similar looking jellyfish, the poisonous Portuguese man-of-war, was found at Portelet in Guernsey.

Care inquiry: Interests of children were 'secondary'

The Jersey Care Leavers Association says too often the interests of vulnerable children in care were secondary to the interests of others and the "reputation" of the island.

Speaking after the publication of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report, Carrie Modral from the association said often the States of Jersey would put resources into short-term measures to protect its reputation.

Those concerned may well have thought they were acting wisely at the time, but they were blinkered as to the real issues. Children were being failed and in the worse possible way."

Carrie ModralJersey Care Leavers Association

Sunny spells into the afternoon, and dry overnight

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Some bright and sunny spells will develop into the afternoon and it will feel warm in light winds. Overnight it should stay largely dry, although there is a chance of some patchy mist or fog forming at times in the early hours.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

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Care inquiry details 'will take some time to fully analyse'

Jersey's chief minister says the States will starts the process of getting into the details of the 800-page report on Thursday.

Senator Ian Gorst said he planned to have a detailed response ready in October.

Ian Gorst
BBC

He said with the States approval a new Independent Children’s Commissioner will be appointed "to champion the rights of all children and young people".

The chief minister said the States would "accelerate the modernisation of our children’s legislation and the delivery of a Children’s Plan" with money already invested in initiatives to help vulnerable children.

Victims coming forward shows 'increased trust'

It is clear multi-agency responses to allegations of abuse in the past were not of the high standards we expect today - important lessons have been learned. The SoJP (States of Jersey Police) will continue to play a full and active role in protecting the most vulnerable in our community, including children and young people."

Mike BowronJersey's Chief of Police
Mike Bowron
BBC

He said: "We can only do that in partnership – no-one generally has the complete picture – this remains 'everyone's business'.

"We now see more victims coming forward than ever before, which demonstrates an increased trust and confidence in the criminal justice system.

"We will continue to listen to victims of historical abuse and where feasible bring offenders to justice – whilst also focussing very much on today’s victims and the prevention of tomorrows."

Care inquiry: Jersey Care Leavers Association welcomes report

The Jersey Care Leavers Association (JCLA) welcomed the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report, saying it was "a long time coming".

Carrie Modral
BBC

Carrie Modral from the JCLA said: "The report makes for disturbing reading. The inquiry exposes repeated failures in good governments and managements on the part of the States of Jersey."

She criticised the use of the "historical" label, saying it is misleading as the survivors of the care system are "living testimony to the fact there is nothing historical about the abuse they suffered".

Ms Modral said it was important the report doesn't just "gather dust" and the recommendations are properly implemented and acted on to ensure there is a "fit for purpose child protection system in place".

Children were 'abandoned in the care system'

The mechanism for discharging children from the care system in Jersey was "thoroughly inadequate", that's the view of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry panel.

It found children were "abandoned" in the care system and forgotten about despite legislation being in place for them to be properly discharged by the States.

When a child left the care system in their mid-teens, they were often again abandoned without adequate aftercare to make their own way in the world. In such circumstances, young people succumbed to exploitation, addiction, crime and depression."

Jersey Care Inquiry

The report found a few care leavers were able to go on to build careers and they attributed their survival and success to personal determination and the support of a concerned adult, teacher or family friend.

Chief minister calls on everyone to embrace report's recommendations

The report’s recommendations are wide ranging and will require the full commitment of everyone involved if they are to be implemented speedily, says Senator Ian Gorst.

Making a statement to the States of Jersey he said: "We must invest and we must be prepared to challenge ourselves in order to create a new culture. One that is truly open and transparent, and which engenders trust.

"It must be our shared goal to deliver lasting change.

"I would like to assure the people of Jersey that we will work together to ensure the future safety of all our children.

"We need to do better – and we will. This inquiry will help us do so."

Staff named in report removed from front-line services

Some States staff named in the care report have already been removed from front-line services and disciplinary action has begun, the chief minister has said.

Care inquiry: 'Little effort' to tackle underlying social problems

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry found there was "little effort" in Jersey to ensure children were coping in care with inadequate aftercare of looked after children.

Care Inquiry Report
AFP

It also found there was little evidence the States of Jersey was introducing political initiatives to tackle the underlying causes of social problems leading to children going into care.

The report outlined the following underlying issues causing children to end up in care.

  • Child poverty
  • Addiction
  • Inadequate housing
  • Mental health problems
  • Social isolation

Memorial to be discussed with victims

Representatives of the care leavers will work with the States on the creation of a permanent memorial and the potential demolition of Haut de la Garenne, the chief minister has said.

Two more people have come forward to report abuse

Since the publication of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry yesterday two people have come forward to report abuse, the island's chief minister has said.

Speaking to the States Senator Ian Gorst said: "The States of Jersey Police will continue to investigate all allegations of abuse, whether historical or current, thoroughly and sensitively."

He said Operation Whistle, which was set up in June 2015 to address historical child abuse allegations, had received 96 allegations when it closed at the end of 2016.

"Of the 48 suspects, 22 have been arrested or interviewed by police, seven charged, and four convicted. Two suspects are currently pending trial, and there are 13 live investigations ongoing."

Senator Gorst said there was a "full commitment to bringing offenders to justice and to holding to account individuals and institutions for past failings".

He said the States must "hold ourselves to account by putting in place in the measures needed to protect children in future".

Children were 'afraid to speak out'

A survivor of Jersey's care system, Darren, says children "were afraid to speak up or you would get cast as a liar". He said: "You were only young, you were a child."

He said he tried to tell people what was happening to him and was told "we will sort it" but nothing happened. He said sometimes he was even told to keep quiet or it would be worse for him.

Darren
BBC

Darren says the problem was "nothing was looked at properly, everything was hushed up because this is Jersey".

He said he was never offered any support for what he went through until it all came out in the news and even then it was "false promises".

He left Jersey as he couldn't walk around without being reminded of what he went through.

Islanders 'in favour of micro chipping pets'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A survey by the GSPCA found islanders were "heavily in favour" of micro chipping of dogs and cats being made compulsory.

The charity says 99% of people responding to the survey found some form of legislation should be in place to ensure dogs are chipped.

Manager of the charity Steve Byrne says some chips cost less than £5 and pet owners have no excuse not to do so.

Fazakerley could make Leicestershire debut

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey all-rounder Will Fazakerley could make his first-class cricket debut for Leicestershire tomorrow.

The 19-year-old has been a regular in their second team this season but has been mentioned as a possible call-up for Leicestershire's County Championship match against Sussex.

Will Fazakerley
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Fazakerley has played international cricket for Guernsey and signed his first professional contract in September.

Festung Guernsey opposed to sea wall plans

BBC Radio Guernsey

Festung Guernsey and the Channel Islands Occupation Society have spoken against plans to realign the L'Ancresse anti-tank wall.

Paul Bourgaize says the plan involves the loss of almost a fifth of Guernsey's total anti-tank sea walls, and that Environment should explore other, more economic options.

The plans are due to be debated by the States in September.

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BreakingChief minister to bring 'children's plan' in by October

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's chief minister says he will bring a "children's plan" to the States Assembly for politicians to vote on by October.

He was responding to a question from Deputy Geoff Southern who asked what action would be taken and how long it would take.

Senator Gorst said he wanted to ensure care leavers are asked for their views before any action is taken and so would take the summer recess to consult before bringing a detailed plan in the autumn.

Senator Ian Gorst
PA

We are just short of 11 months until an election. I believe I will be judged on whether I have given my wholehearted support to delivering these recommendations.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister

Care inquiry: Darren tells his story

Darren was put into care as a baby and was at Haut de la Garenne, Blanche Pierre, Heathfield, Le Chen and others over the course of his childhood.

He said his experience at Blanche Pierre sticks with him the most because of the way he was treated in the home including a time when his arm was broken.

He talked about having his mouth washed out, living on the streets for two years as a teenager and being beaten.

Darren
BBC

If you said or did something they didn't like they'd punish you. They put Dettol in my mouth, I couldn't breathe, my throat swelled up.

Darren

Care inquiry: 'Still little support for foster carers'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The report into decades of abuse in Jersey's care system says there is still a problem with foster care in the island today.

It heard from a number of foster carers and children in foster care dating back to the 1960s. Many said there was a lack of support available to them and there weren't enough foster carers in the system.

This was blamed on a housing shortage and more homes where both parents had to work full-time.

The report revealed that current foster carers "painted a disheartening picture of insufficient support, guidance and training" as well as an administrative system that "disempowers them and does not value their knowledge of the children who live with them".

The inquiry heard that several foster carers have stopped fostering because of exhaustion and frustration with the system.

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Inspection of water leak school planned

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There will be an inspection of Les Quennevais School by Property Holdings to make sure there is no risk to staff and students following a water leak that led to it closing for two days last week.

Les Quennevais
BBC

Education Minister, Deputy Rod Bryans told the States work was well under way for a new school building, but it had to go through the planning process first.

"We are on track to start work on Les Quennevais School in 2018 with completion due in 2020," he said.

Care inquiry appendix outlines decades of abuse

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A 62-page appendix in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report details the abuse suffered in the Jersey care system.

They range from being beaten for wetting the bed to sexual and physical abuse.

Victims reported:

  • Being beaten with nettles as a punishment for bed wetting
  • Having their hair forcibly cut off
  • Having their mouths washed out with soap
  • Spending long periods in an isolation room
  • Having fat from a frying pan poured over them
  • Being punched and slapped
  • Being sexually abused

No immediate plans for compulsory workplace pensions

Jersey Evening Post

A compulsory workplace pensions are unlikely to be introduced in Jersey within the next two years, but the idea is on the government’s long-term agenda, the Social Security Minister has told a government watchdog.

'No consistency' when removing children from home

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry found "there was no consistency in the approach taken when considering whether the child’s circumstances justified removal from the family home".

For example, there were cases when the justification for removal of a child from their family and placement in a care institution was that the child had 'behaviour problems', such as being involved in 'petty pilfering', or was said to be 'rude and cheeky'.

Such a draconian intervention paid no regard to the rights and needs of the child, the report said.

Jersey's chief minister has said his priority is to take action to ensure no child suffers abuse in the island in future.

Lenny Harper: A lack of political will and action

The officer in charge of the States of Jersey Police investigation into abuse in the island's care system says the care inquiry report was a "total vindication of the survivors and those victims that didn't make it".

Lenny Harper, who led the start of Operation Rectangle, says it is clear from the report that there was a lack of political will and political action in the island to tackle child abuse or ensure children were being looked after properly.

Lenny  Harper
BBC

The panel has highlighted that there was a lack of political action, and just a lack of appetite to take any responsibility pertaining to the welfare of children. No-one seems to have cared in official circles.

Lenny Harper

Man due in court on drugs charges

Jersey Evening Post

A man is due to appear in the Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after allegedly being found in possession of ecstasy.

Today's weather: Dry with bright spells

BBC Weather

After a rather cloudy start to the day, some bright or sunny spells will develop into the afternoon and it will feel warm in light winds. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

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Jersey weather
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Guernsey weather
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Watson wins tie-break to progress at SW19

BBC Sport

British number two Heather Watson beat Belgium's Maryna Zanevska, the world number 119, 6-1 7-6 (7-5) in the first round of the women's singles at Wimbledon yesterday.

Heather Watson embraces Belgiums Maryna Zanevska
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Until her recent return to form, the 25-year-old endured a difficult few months after winning the mixed doubles title at SW19 in 2016.

Watson served for the match at 5-1 5-4, but squandered three match points and her confidence wobbled before she recovered to wrap up the match in the tie-break.

The world number 102 left the court grinning broadly and will play Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, the 18th seed, in round two.