inquiry into Haut de la Garenne abuse claims
JERSEY A public inquiry is to be held
into more than five decades of alleged child
abuse at care homes on Jersey, the island’s
Government agreed yesterday.
More than 100 people claim they were
physically and sexually abused at different
care homes on the island, with most saying
that they were attacked at Haut de la
Garenne, where the remains of a child were
found buried on February 23.
Police are already investigating why
allegations of abuse were not handled “as
they should have been”.
Today the States of Jersey senators voted
unanimously in favour of a full inquiry.
Frank Walker, the Chief Minister, said that
the criminal investigation would be the
immediate priority but that “the only way to
ensure that there is total transparency in
relation to this issue” was for a full
public inquiry to be held “in due course”
into unresolved issues involving all care
homes in Jersey from 1945 to 2000.
The move comes after forensic science
teams at Haut de la Garenne – which closed
in 1986 – found two more cellars in which
some victims claim that they were held.