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£200,000 to be spent on memorial for children failed by Jersey’s care system

Islanders are being invited to submit their own designs for the memorial. Credit: PA

The States has announced plans to spend £200,000 on a memorial for the children and young people who were failed and harmed while in Jersey’s care system.

It will be built in one of two possible places at Weighbridge Place.

The memorial project is part of the Government’s response to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, which identified the need to determine how the failures of the Island’s historic child care system should be recognised and remembered.

– States of Jersey

Islanders are being invited to submit their own designs for the memorial.

Designs must be submitted by Thursday 30 April and a public exhibition of shortlisted designs will be held in June to gather feedback from Islanders before a final decision is made.

The winning design will be announced by the citizens’ panel on Jersey Children’s Day on 3 July 2020.

The £200,000 public art commission will be funded from the Care Inquiry budget.

For decades victims of abuse were ignored and denied a voice. Through the creation of the citizens’ panel in 2018, we at last are being given a voice and a part in the decision-making process.

This memorial is a vital component of the legacy project as it will help acknowledge the mistakes of the past and remember those victims no longer with us.

– Citizens Panel

I welcome the announcement of the opportunity to design such an important memorial. I am particularly grateful to the members of the citizens’ panel for playing a vital role in deciding how Jersey should formally recognise the legacy of the Care Inquiry.

This Government is fully committed to safeguarding children by acknowledging the past and looking ahead to a brighter future where children in Jersey are cared for protected and celebrated.

– Senator Sam Mézec, Children’s and Housing Minister