Care Leavers reject plan for three-pronged review
Wednesday 26th September 2012, 2:00PM BST.
PROPOSALS for a three-pronged review into historical child abuse and decisions not to prosecute alleged offenders have been rejected by the Jersey Care Leavers’ Association.
The association, which represents people who spent time in Jersey care homes, say that the proposals put forward yesterday by social work consultant Andrew Williamson would cut off all of the events since 1994 from investigation.
They have urged the States to reject the three-pronged approach that includes a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Service’ for those unwilling to appear before a public inquiry.
Instead, they say that the Assembly should set up a single, all-encompassing committee of inquiry that would have full legal powers to force witnesses to answer questions and demand documents and files.
The States are committed to carrying out a committee of into historical child abuse, after a 37 to 11 vote last year to overturn the previous Council of Minister’s decision not to hold one.