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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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  2. 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
    Quote Message: 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. from Neil McMurray Voice for Children
    Neil McMurrayVoice for Children
  3. 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.

  4. Jersey Care Inquiry: Darren's story

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    Video caption: Darren tells his story about living in the care of Allen and Jane Maguire

    Darren lived at the Blanche Pierre care home and to avoid abuse turned to living on the street.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. States 'responsible' for child abuse

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    Video caption: Lenny Harper says politicians were responsible for widespread child abuse in Jersey's care system

    The former deputy chief officer for the States of Jersey police is 'not surprised' children could still be at risk.

  8. 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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  9. 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
    Quote Message: 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. from Deputy Mike Higgins
    Deputy Mike Higgins
  10. Care inquiry: Secure rooms not used in other Western nations

    Lock on a door

    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".

  11. 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.

  12. 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

    "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."

    Chalmers turns down London Games offer

    Cameron Chalmers

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

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  13. 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".

  14. 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

    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.

  15. 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.

    Quote Message: 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." from Carrie Modral Jersey Care Leavers Association
    Carrie ModralJersey Care Leavers Association
  16. Sunny spells into the afternoon, and dry overnight

    BBC Weather

    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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  17. 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

    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.

  18. Victims coming forward shows 'increased trust'

    Quote Message: 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." from Mike Bowron Jersey's Chief of Police
    Mike BowronJersey's Chief of Police
    Mike Bowron

    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."

  19. 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

    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".