Jersey's historical child abuse inquiry findings delayed

Jersey's inquiry into historical child abuse won't now report back this year.

Jersey Care Inquiry

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report was due to be published at the end of 2016.

However, the panel confirmed today that they cannot hit the deadline.

It's been two years since public hearings started in St Helier, and since then the Care Inquiry's original £6 million budget has more than doubled to £14 million.

It's publication has been eagerly awaited by hundreds of islanders, many of whom say their lives have been shaped by their treatment in care.

Commenting on the delay, an NSPCC Jersey spokesman said:

Those affected by abuse in Jersey’s care system have waited for the panel’s report and recommendations and this delay, however necessary, will be frustrating for many.

It’s been two years since the hearings began and it’s crucially important that the final report now sees the light of day as soon as possible so each victim can have confidence that the failings of the past will not happen again.

– NSPCC Jersey

The final report is now expected by March 2017.