Care of Children in Jersey Review Panel

The Care of Children in Jersey Review Panel was established by the Scrutiny Liaison Committee (formerly the 'Chairmen's Committee') in September 2018 in order to examine the policies, legislation and actions of the Council of Ministers in response to the recommendations made by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry ("IJCI"). This followed a recommendation by the previous Care of Children in Jersey Review Panel that it be reconstituted after the 2018 Elections.

The report by the IJCI Panel into the abuse of children in the Island's care system over many years was presented on 3rd July 2017. The final report identified individual and systemic failings and made eight core recommendations for the future management and operation of Jersey's residential and foster homes, to ensure that the Island provides a safe and secure environment for the children in its care. The Review Panel's remit is to objectively examine the implementation of the recommendations to ensure what is put in place is fit for purpose and helps improve the care and well-being of children in Jersey.

The Review Panel's Terms of Reference are as follows:

1.    To assess the progress made implementing the actions identified to address the eight core recommendations of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, as set out within P.108/2017 Independent Jersey Care Inquiry Report: implementation of recommendations.  

2.    To examine any policy arising from the recommendations made by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry that falls outside of the scope of the Minister for Children and Housing.

3.    To scrutinise any legislation arising from the recommendations made by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry that falls outside of the scope of the Minister for Children and Housing and the Children's Legislative Transformation Programme.

IN LIGHT OF THE FOCUS OF STATES MEMBERS IN RELATION TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 SITUATION, THE REVIEW PANEL HAS AGREED TO PAUSE ITS WORK UNTIL MONDAY 20TH APRIL.

The next meeting of the Care of Children in Jersey Review Panel is

Monday 7th September 2020

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