Tuesday, November 5, 2013

UPDATE ON THE COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY - DECADES LONG CHILD ABUSE IN JERSEY CARE HOMES







States Greffe media release

APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY INTO HISTORIC ABUSE

Following the nomination of Frances Oldham QC to chair the committee of inquiry into historical abuse 2 members are also being nominated to serve on the committee alongside her.
Subject to the approval of the States, Alexander (known as Sandy) Cameron CBE and Alyson Leslie will serve on the committee. Sandy Cameron is a retired Director of Social Work who also spent 7 years after his retirement as Chairman of the Parole Board for Scotland. In addition to his direct experience of residential child care as a social worker from 1969 he has worked throughout his career to improve the quality of residential care for children and has been instrumental in several initiatives to improve training and research in this area. Alyson Leslie, of the University of Dundee, is one of the UK’s leading child protection experts who has chaired and advised on some of the most difficult cases of abuse and child fatalities over the past three decades, including an inquiry in the Isle of Man in the 1990s. She has also undertaken a number of Serious Case Reviews and undertaken work on the contribution families and victims can make to reviews. In addition she has drafted procedural guidelines for the conduct of public inquiries that have been widely used in the UK.

Sandy Cameron and Alyson Leslie were selected to serve on the committee following interviews held in the UK by a selection panel comprising Frances Oldham QC, Michael de la Haye (Greffier of the States), Belinda Smith (Senior Legal Counsel – Child Protection at the NSPCC) and Ed Marsden (Verita).


Michael de la Haye said “The selection panel was delighted to be able to identify Sandy Cameron and Alyson Leslie to serve on the committee. Both have directly relevant experience in relation to the terms of reference and I am sure they will make a significant contribution to the inquiry’s work. Sandy Cameron explained to us at the interview that he had first been involved in placing a child in residential care in 1969 and he therefore brings vast experience of child care practices throughout the period that will be covered by the inquiry. In addition we considered that his 6 years as Chairman of the Parole Board in Scotland, where he had to assess huge amounts of paperwork and sit in a quasi-judicial capacity to hear conflicting evidence, have provided him with experience that will assist him greatly as a committee member. Alyson Leslie has significant experience of procedures for public inquiries but, more importantly, she has been directly involved either as Chair or as an Advisor in a number of extremely difficult and challenging public inquiries involving child abuse and child fatalities. She has a strong reputation for being independent and impartial and chaired a major inquiry in the Isle of Man in the 1990s. We felt that this experience of conducting an inquiry in a small island community was particularly relevant for the Jersey inquiry.” 

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of paperwork and sit in a quasi-judicial capacity to hear conflicting evidence, have provided him with experience that will assist him greatly as a committee member. Alyson Leslie has significant experience of procedures for public inquiries but, more importantly, she has been directly involved either as Chair or as an Advisor in a number of extremely difficult and challenging public inquiries involving child abuse and child fatalities. She has a strong reputation for being independent and impartial and chaired a major inquiry in the Isle of Man in the 1990s. We felt that this experience of conducting an inquiry in a small island community was particularly relevant for the Jersey inquiry.” 
Frances Oldham QC said “I intend to do all I can to ensure that the inquiry in Jersey is conducted in a way that encourages victims of abuse and other witnesses to come forward and give evidence in an atmosphere of trust so that we can produce a clear, evidence-based, report at the end of the process. When recruiting the 2 committee members to sit with me I was determined to find people who not only had the relevant skills and professional background but who also shared my vision of the way in which the inquiry should be conducted. It became very clear during the interviews that both Sandy Cameron and Alyson Leslie’s proposed approach to the inquiry was in line with my own and I am sure that their personal style and manner is exactly what is required to create the correct non-adversarial atmosphere for the inquiry. All 3 of us are available to start the inquiry early in 2014 and once our appointments have been ratified by the States Assembly we will be meeting to begin making plans”.
The nominations of Frances Oldham QC, Sandy Cameron and Alyson Leslie must be approved by the States and the Chief Minister will be lodging the necessary proposition so that the appointments can be considered by the Assembly in December.
ENDS

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Step by step the boxes get ticked.Has the QC met with victims of abuse in Jersey yet?

Anonymous said...

Children in Jersey are not safe until we have got to the bottom of the illegal suspension of Jersey's chief police officer Graham Power

Some of the lies told to justify the suspension are documented here:
http://ricosorda.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-transcript-of-in-camera-debate.html

Former Health Minister Stuart Syvret whose honest answer to a question in the Jersey parliament blew the lid off Jersey’s ongoing failure to protect children has now resulted in him being jailed again, while the main abusers and their protectors walk free and mop up millions of pounds of public money.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/04/jersey-stuart-syvret-jailed-blog-allegations

Political Prisoner @GB Who will end this madness?

Anonymous said...

What connection have these 4 people got to historic child abuse Rico?

rico sorda said...

That's simple. 'DW'

RS

Anonymous said...

But thats only one of them.

rico sorda said...

One is bad enough.

rs

Zoompad said...

One of the gangsters has left threats on my blog:

http://zoompad.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/stuart-syvret-has-been-put-in-jail-by.html

Anonymous said...

when searching the scrutiny website I came by chance across the Respite Care for Children and Young Adults. I found this report made for sad and shocking reading. For those concerned regarding the care for vulnerable children it is a "must read"
However the following paragraph from page 14 is very alarming.

"The Panel put these questions to the Department during the course of the review and identified
that the heart of the problem lies in a lack of resources allocated to the provision of respite care.
Social Services appear to be ‘making do’ with limited funding and facilities, forcing already overstretched
budgets to extend even further to accommodate outreach respite and emergency care
placements. The Panel was astounded that sums of money recommended for improvements to
the Children’s Service by Williamson10 and Bull11 were either untraceable or did not appear to have
been allocated to their intended areas.12 The Panel was also alarmed that a redesign of Children’s
Respite Services had been identified as a potential means of saving £65,000 in the 2012 Health
and Social Services Department (HSSD) Annual Business Plan:

over the years we have had report after report all highlighting the same issues, incompetence stagnation, lack of direction etc etc
lots of recommendations that are never completed
when are we going to get it right .Why are serious questions not being asked

Zoompad said...

Please can someone put Stuarts prisoner number up so we can write to him while he's in prison, thanks

#FreeSyvretNow said...

On twitter:

#FreeSyvretNow

& from his last imprisonment in 2011
www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Stuart-Syvret/174633272562779

Anonymous said...

Good idea Zoompad, wouldn't it be great to have bag loads of letters and cards arriving at the prison, come on fellow bloggers let's show the power that be how much support Stuart has

Anonymous said...

Anon at 10:23, regarding these dire findings:
Money is missing and untraceable? The vulnerable remain unprotected after all the Reports, findings, lessons learnt? Yet Stuart Syvret is demonised and imprisoned, still accused of destroying morale of those involved in child protection.

HG, the abuse victim of the Vicar and then the entire heirarchy of the Church of England remains as homeless as the day she was deported to the mainland in the same pyjamas she was arrested in for bothering Church officials with her abuse complaint. Any help she has received has come from bloggers, particularly Bob Hill, who has traveled to meet London officials on her behalf at his own expense.

Is anyone being PAID to do the right thing even helping? Are the people who try to solve these problems all volunteers?

Time will tell if the COE is as thorough as hoped, but even if it is, nothing but a massive change can bode well for the vulnerable.

rico sorda said...

I should be going to press tomorrow with an interview with Stuart Syvret. The interview was recorded incase of his imprisonment.

rs

thejerseyway said...

Hi Rico,

just put up the Audio of the BBC doing a job on the Pitmans. You and your reader's can Listen HERE

TJW.

Zoompad said...

Please can someone post Stuarts prisoner number so that we can send him letters?

Anonymous said...

Please send messages of support to:
Stuart Syvret
(K Wing)

HMP
La Moye
Rue
Baal
St
Brelade

JE38HQ

"Stuart has asked that UK campaigners should contact their MPs urgently to request their support of John Hemming’s early day motion."

The above info was posted on theneedleblog.wordpress.com by @gojam_i_am on Twitter.

I would think John Hemming, MP would want emails from Jersey and those of us outside of the UK who do not have a representative in Parliament, so he can use our emails to illustrate additional support for Stuart.

I think Stuart was able to receive monetary gifts last time he was imprisoned. Does anyone know if he still can? People on Twitter have asked.

Elle


Anonymous said...

Allow me to tidy that up for ya :

Stuart Syvret (K Wing)

HMP La Moye

La Rue Baal

St Brelade
Jersey

JE3 8HQ

Anonymous said...

Thanks for tidying up that address for Stuart. Some of my location specific English translations get lost halfway across the pond. :)

Zoompad tweeted her suggestion to add the words "political prisoner" on the envelope.

Elle