Deputy Anne Pryke was quizzed on her involvement in children’s services during her tenure and the state of child care facilities in the island, by the Jersey Care Inquiry today.
The Deputy said ‘The buildings themselves were in poor states but nothing told her otherwise that children in care weren’t getting the best possible service.’
When speaking about the structure of Children’s Services she said ‘I couldn’t grasp it, it was very woolly.’
The panel asked about measures put in place following the Williamson report into children’s care and recommendations to implement a Children’s Minister.
Deputy Pryke spoke of her opposition to the introduction of specific Children’s Minister, but would rather an Assistant Minister be put in place who would have a focus on the welfare of children.
Prior to becoming a politician she has worked in care, at Jersey Hospice and was later involved in working on the forerunner of the Yes project – drop in centre and support.