Exclusive: UK abuse victim charity calls for Westminster to investigate Jersey

ITV News can reveal a UK charity which represents victims of historical abuse is calling on the Home Office to widen the remit of its abuse inquiry.

It will investigate what public bodies and institutions in England and Wales knew about abuse in the past.

NAPAC says, though Jersey's own inquiry has been running since the summer, what's happening in the UK should also include the Channel Islands.

Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of NAPAC, said: "Victims, survivors, who are coming to NAPAC are saying at last, are we going to get a voice? So I've spoken to people from the Channel Islands who are distraught that their voice may not get a hearing in what's being billed as this really important investigation."

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Home office to be asked to include Jersey in abuse investigation this week

ITV News can confirm the UK Home Office will be asked to widen the England and Wales investigation into historical child abuse to include Jersey this Friday.

The UK charity which represents abuse victims there, NAPAC, is meeting with officials later this week where it will table proposals to change the remit of the inquiry to include other areas of the British Isles, including the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.

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Abuse victim backs call for Westminster abuse inquiry to include Jersey

A victim of historical child abuse in Jersey is backing calls by a UK charity for the Westminster-ordered inquiry into abuse in England and Wales to also include Jersey.

Giffard Aubin was in care from the age of 6 to 16 in the 1940s, mostly at the Jersey Home for Boys - Haut de la Garenne.

He said the Jersey care inquiry is giving victims a voice, but the UK including Jersey in its remit would give those people even greater confidence that there is an independent investigation into wrongdoing in the island.

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Calls for the Home Office to widen the remit of its abuse inquiry

I've spoken to people from the Channel Islands who are distraught that their voice may not get a hearing in what's being billed as this really important investigation.

– Chief Executive of charity, NAPAC, Peter Saunders

Jersey inquiry responds to NAPAC call

The Jersey Independent Care Inquiry has responded to calls from UK charity NAPAC for the England and Wales inquiry into historical child abuse to include the islands.

In a statement, the inquiry said: "We've not heard from NAPAC. The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry is already well underway having so far heard evidence from more than 30 witnesses and received tens of thousands of documents as part of its work to uncover and understand the truth about what went wrong in Jersey's child care system over many years. It will continue with this work."

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