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Two years on: Has the care of vulnerable children improved?

The panel has been taking evidence from those with an interest in the care of vulnerable children. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The authors of the damning Jersey Care Inquiry report into historical abuse and failings in the care system will today (Monday 23 September) report back on what's improved over the past two years.

The panel has been taking evidence from those with an interest in the care of vulnerable children.

Its findings will be made public at lunchtime.

Sandy Cameron, one of three members of the board headed up by Frances Oldham QC, will be presenting their conclusions at a briefing, after which the full report will be published online at www.ijcipanel.org from 2pm.

Speaking at the end of the evidence gathering stage in May, Frances Oldham QC said:

Jersey has the potential to set an example to the world. We will reflect on all that we’ve heard, we’ve lots of documents, audits, reports to read as well which will be done.

– Sandy Cameron, Member of the Jersey Care Inquiry Panel

The Inquiry's original report in 2017 identified 10 key failings by the authorities in their approach to looking after children. It said children "may" still be at risk.

Since then, the Government has increased investment in Children's Services, appointed an independent Children's Commissioner, and asked all politicians and senior civil servants to sign a pledge to put children first.

Speaking at its launch, the Children's Minister has said the eight pledges are more than just words.

These eight pledges are more than nice words. This is how we are going to hold ourselves to account. It sets a standard which we can hold one another to, to ensure we are delivering on our commitment to put Jersey's children first, irrespective of what our specific role is in the governance of this island.

– Children's Minister, Senator Sam Mézec

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