Jersey's government has appointed a new Director of Children’s Safeguarding and Care.

Mark Owers will focus on improving safeguarding for children in government services across the island.

Government services were criticised in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry's two-year review, with some services still being described as sub-standard.

Mr Owers, who is originally from Jersey, began his career as a social worker in Children's Services on the island in 1991.

He then became a children and families social worker, qualifying six years later.

He has since worked in roles including strategy with the NSPCC and as a government adviser.

He says he is looking forward to returning home to work to develop children's services.

I am delighted to be coming home to the Island as the Director of Children’s Safeguarding and Care. I was incredibly lucky to grow-up in Jersey and I enjoyed a wonderful childhood and adolescence. My aim in my new role is to ensure all children benefit from a safe and happy childhood in Jersey. I have long wanted to return home to the Island armed with extensive knowledge,skills and experience to help lead and develop the Children’s Service, together with partners, and to help improve the safeguarding of vulnerable children and the outcomes of all children in Jersey.

Mark Owers, Jersey government's Director of Children’s Safeguarding and Care