Jersey care child abuse inquiry hears evidence 29 Sep 2014

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry has recently heard evidence of some of the horrendous punishments allegedly dished out by staff at the care homes under investigation.

The Inquiry heard that at one home a girl was forced to sleep next to a dead nun, whilst at another children were beaten with metal spoons and had sheets tied over their heads to stop them from moving, as a punishment for talking after bedtime.

Witnesses from the Haut de la Garenne and Sacre Coeur care homes on the island of Jersey have been giving evidence to the Inquiry, which is open to the public, and taking place in St Helier.

Another witness describes how she was locked into a toilet area and forced to eat her dinner in there.
The current Inquiry was set up in late 2013 after the initial investigations and inquiries were beset by controversy and allegations of cover ups and aims to build as full a picture of possible before making recommendations.

The accounts are yet another horrendous example of the abuse of children in a vulnerable situation by those who had been entrusted to care for them. Whether it is abuse of children in care homes in the 1950s and 1960s or abuse of young girls in Rotherham in the 1990s and 2000s, vulnerable children have been abused in awful circumstances, with seemingly little will from those in authority to do anything to stop the abuse.

If you wish to seek advice on any of the issues referred to above, please do not hesitate to contact Osbornes’ child abuse department on 020 7681 861 where Stephanie Prior or Sam Collard will be happy to have a confidential conversation with you.

Alternatively you can contact either Stephanie or Sam by email: or

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