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New Director of Children's Safeguarding and Care appointed in Jersey

Mark Owers will take up the role with a focus on improving safeguarding for children in government services across the island. Credit: Government of Jersey

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.

Jersey has enabled me to achieve great things in my career and it will be a privilege to give back to the Island, while also role modelling the benefits of time away. My wife and our five young children – adopted siblings aged 12 and 9, and birth triplets aged 6– love the Island as much as I do.

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

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