Thursday, October 2, 2014
JERSEY CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY. (TEAM VOICE DISCUSSION 1)
"THE JERSEY CARE INQUIRY"
"AKA - THE JERSEY CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY"
On the 10th December 2013, following a selection process, the appointed panel took the oath of office before the Bailiff of Jersey, Michael Birt.
Francis Oldham QC
Prof. Sandy Cameron CBE
Council to the Inquiry are:
The inquiry got under way in April 2014. Team Voice has been keeping an eye on the inquiry. This was done by having a Team Voice member present at hearings and being present in the media room. We had decided not to report on anything to negative about the inquiry in case we put off victims from coming forward. That was, we believe, the right decision. What do you do when you see things that raise concerns? Do you just remain quiet? We have done so in the hope that things would sort themselves out once the inquiry had started to gather momentum.
We have concerns. We are all willing the inquiry to succeed. What has really alarmed us is the expulsion of Jersey Bloggers from the media room. The way it was done, the trying to get answers as to why it was done and the sheer lack of professionalism shown by the inquiry in handling this situation. The situation arose, we believe, because of certain tweets sent out from the media room by former Health Minister and Senator, Stuart Syvret. Is it just pure coincidence that the bloggers get ejected from the media room on the day that Stuart Syvret raised some concerns about the inquiry and it's level of questioning of witnesses? This needs to be looked at. Some will say that Mr Syvret was over the top with his criticism but was he right to raise these issues? Let us look at his tweets.
The official line from the Inquiry Team was that there was a lack of space in the media room so Citizen Media became the sacrificial lamb. A blanket ban on bloggers was enacted overnight. We are under no illusion that it was the above tweets that caused this situation and gave the inquiry team the excuse it was looking for to ban bloggers.
Former Deputy of St Mary, Daniel Wimberley has also tried to raise concerns with the Jersey Care Inquiry and to date has not received any satisfactory answers. His concerns can be read on this posting by Voiceforchildren HERE.
We are also aware of a number of witnesses who are yet to have sight of their statements which were given to the inquiry 3 to 4 months ago.
As I mention in the discussion below Team Voice have been concerned that the testimony given by witnesses are not being audio recorded. We have spoken to a number of professionals in this field who find this inexplicable and of not best practise. We would like to have the views of any other professionals or readers about our concerns?
Team Voice want this Committee of Inquiry into decades long Child Abuse in Jersey to succeed. We advise that victims and witness come forward to give evidence. Without the evidence the truth will never end up in the final report.
Part 2 of the discussion can be found at VFC. Link provided HERE..
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