Monday, August 27, 2012
CHIEF MINISTER GORST - TIME TO STEP DOWN?
"THE TERMS OF REFERENCE WERE TO FAR REACHING"
I ASK YOU, THE READERS, TO LOOK AGAIN AT THE TOR'S AS SUPPLIED BY VERITA AND ASK YOURSELF ARE THESE REALLY TO FAR REACHING?
I ASK THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO READ THIS BLOG FROM OUTSIDE OF JERSEY - ARE THESE TOR'S INTO DECADES OF CHILD ABUSE IN THE JERSEY CARE HOMES REALLY TO FAR RANGING FOR A COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY?
THIS IS WHY CHIEF MINISTER GORST SAYS HE CALLED IN ANDREW WILLIAMSON.
I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS.
UK Child Care Expert Andrew Williamson has been here before. Does Andrew Williamson have a conflict of interest here.
In June 2008 Andrew Williamson was appointed by the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers of the states of Jersey on the 23rd August 2007 to undertake an inquiry into issues relating to child protection in Jersey. In his report, Williamson gives the Jersey Care Homes a clean bill of health. His report doesn't look at past care only the present.
There are many questions and overlaps between the Williamson Report and a future Committee of Enquiry. Who did he interview? Were the people interviewed in place during the decades of abuse? If so, did they know? What action did they take?
This is the overlap I'm seeing between Williamson and a Committee of Enquiry:
Here are the Terms of Reference as supplied by Verita
Terms Of Reference
The Committee of Inquiry is asked to do the following:
Establish the facts
. Establish the type and nature of children's homes and fostering services in Jersey in the post-war period with a particular focus on the period after 1960. Consider (in general terms) why children were placed and maintained in these services
. Determine the organisation (including recruitment and supervision of staff), management, governance and culture of children's homes and the social norms under which they operated.
. Examine the political oversight of childrens homes and fostering services by the various education committees between 1960 and 1995, by the various health and social services committees between 1996 and 2005 and by ministerial government from 2006 to the current day.
. Establish a chronology of significant changes in child care practice and policy during this period with reference to Jersey, the UK and, if appropriate, France
. Consider and appraise the independent investigations and reports conducted in response to the concerns raised in 2007
What was done in response to concerns of abuse?
. Consider the experiences of those witness who suffered abuse or believe that they suffered abuse and hear staff who worked in these services.
. Identify how and by what means concerns about abuse were raised and how and to whom they were reported. Did systems exist to allow children and others to raise concerns and safeguard their wellbeing?
. Consider how the education, health and social services department dealt with concerns about alleged abuse, what action they took and whether they were in line with the policies and procedures of the day.
. Establish, where abuse was suspected, whether it was reported to the appropriate bodies including the States of Jersey Police and what action was taken by persons or entities including the police and whether this was in line with policies and procedures of the day
. Determine whether the concerns of 2007 were sufficiant to justify the States of Jersey Police setting in train Operation Rectangle
. Determine whether, on reviewing files submitted by the States of Jersey Police for consideration as to whether, on reviewing files submitted by the states of Jersey Police for consideration as to whether or not a prosecution should be brought, those responsible for deciding on which cases to prosecute took a consistent and impartial approach and whether the process was free from any political interference at any level
Children's services in 2011
. Set out what lessons can be learnt for the current system of residential and foster care services in Jersey
Review what actions the government took when concerns came to light in 2008 and what, if any, lessons there are to be learned
. Report on any other issues arising during the inquiry considered to be relevant to the past safety of children in residential or foster care
The inquiry should make full use of all the work conducted since 2007
At an appropriate moment, the inquiry should hold a seminar(s) to enable a broader discussion of some of the themes raised by the evidence. The seminar(s) will not make recommendations to the chair but will provide ideas and information that will form of the material to be considered as the report is drafted - END
I ask you, the readers - Is this really to far reaching when talking about decades long Child Abuse?
Should the above Tor's supplied by Verita really be causing the Chief Minister and his Council of Minister problems?????
The simple answer is NO
It's a complete and utter farce
And yet it just carries on.