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Investigation launched into alleged criminality, and abuse of power in care system

Efforts to eradicate a perception of cover-ups and corruption known as 'The Jersey Way' are to be investigated by a panel of politicians. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Efforts to eradicate a perception of cover-ups and corruption known as 'The Jersey Way' are to be investigated by a panel of politicians.

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, which published its report into historical failings in the care system in 2017, recommended work be done to prove the authorities weren't abusing their powers.

Since then changes have been made to improve the quality of care offered to vulnerable children, with greater oversight and spot checks of Children's Services.

Now, the Care of Children in Jersey Review Panel is to scrutinise whether that work has made a difference.

Multiple witnesses who have evidence during the care inquiry hearings spoke of 'The Jersey Way' as a shorthand for multiple failings, alleged criminality, and abuses of power.

The review, chaired by Deputy Rob Ward, is now inviting anybody with a view to share their experiences ahead of a full report into the progress that's been made.

It will also look at changes in legislation, the role of the government as a 'corporate parent' and a series of legacy issues contained in the 2017 report.

You can email scrutiny@gov.je to share information before the deadline of Friday 16 August 2019.

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