Jersey

Jersey teenager made pregnant in care, inquiry hears

A teenage girl was made pregnant by a member of Jersey care home staff just nine years ago, the island's care abuse inquiry has heard.

The then 17-year-old, known as witness 752, was in La Preference foster home when she became pregnant in 2006.

She did not give evidence but the inquiry was shown her care records.

During a meeting in August that year her key worker, referred to as witness 753, was confronted about the pregnancy and resigned, the hearing was told.

Police were not notified about the pregnancy, the inquiry heard.

Inquiry counsel Paul Livingstone said Jersey adopted a law five months later, making it an offence for social workers to engage in sexual relations with youths in care.

The inquiry is nearing the end of evidence from former residents, many of whom have alleged they were abused while in care.

The inquiry continues.

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