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New compensation scheme for those abused in care to be set up in July

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A new compensation scheme for people who suffered abuse while in the care of the States of Jersey will be launched in July.

The Children and Housing Minister has announced that a redress scheme will be open to those who suffered harm or abuse while in State's foster or residential care after 1994 or while at Les Chênes secure residential unit.

The scheme will be launched on 1 July 2019 and will be open for applications for 12 months - closing on 30 June 2020.

It follows a previous fund which was launched in 2012 to provide compensation to people who suffered abuse between 1945 to 1994.

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry had previously said the island's institutions had failed children and their families between 1945 and 1994 and after.

We are truly sorry for this failure. This new redress scheme aims to help recognise this failure as well as to support those that have been affected. In the coming weeks I will be able to provide more information about the details of the new redress scheme...I urge anyone who is in distress as a result of this announcement to contact their GP for initial support.

– Senator Sam Mézec, Minister for Children and Housing.

Islanders can also speak to Samaritans on their freephone number 116123. Alternatively if they need immediate help and support, islanders are being advised to go to the emergency department at the General Hospital.