Sunday, August 10, 2014

JERSEY CYBER STALKER PART 3 - OUR STORY - FAILURE TO INVESTIGATE BY THE JERSEY POLICE







STATES OF JERSEY POLICE CHIEF MIKE BOWRON
DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST. CHATTING IN TOWN.


"THE STATES OF JERSEY POLICE"



"FAILURE ACROSS THE BOARD"



"FAILURE TO INVESTIGATE -  OFFERED NO SUPPORT - THEY DID NOTHING"



"MY WIFE TURNED TO THE CHIEF OF POLICE - RESULT - NOTHING"



"THIS IS WHY THE AUDIO WENT LIVE"



"I WILL PROTECT MY WIFE AND FAMILY"



After gaining intelligence through the VILE anonymous comments sent to my blog concerning my wife - the fake profiles on Faceboook harassing and intimidating my wife - the emails sent to her work and the Audio Recordings we decided to go to the States of Jersey Police (SOJP) in February 2013.

What happened between February and July 2014 is shocking. The  SOJP failed to do anything. What I have laid out on this blog posting is a timeline of events leading up to July 20th and the subsequent decision to post  the Audio on August 5th 2014. I have also done an interview with Voiceforchildren. In this interview I talk about the past 5 months.





12th February 2014:

Emails are sent to my wife's work. The line has been crossed and I must now act.  Some days later I phone the SOJP. I ask to speak to an officer called Jeremy Perceval. He is familiar with complaints made against Jon Haworth. When I explain to him what has been going on he tells me to come down the station but don't ask for him.

With the alarm bells ringing I then contact BBC Jersey and ask them if they would like to follow our case as we take it to the Police. They said yes. I wanted them to follow it in real time. All I said was lets see how seriously the SOJP take this. They might be brilliant or they might not. Let them decide the outcome of this. They said yes. I copied the BBC into everything. There wasn't much to be honest as you will see. I just thought that no one would believe me if I tried explaining it all at a latter date. 


17th February 2014:

I went to the Police Station and got the ball rolling. I talk to two young officers. One of them was to stay on our case. I explain what is happening to my wife and our problems concerning my Tax Details being discussed. With my wife being ill I said that I would deal with the Tax Issue first and then sort out the threats and intimidation that she was receiving.


20th February 2014:

Have first meeting with the Tax Dept. Explain what the problem is and let them listen to the audio. They take it very seriously and say they will be in touch.



4th March 2014:

Meeting with Tax Dept. They say they are conducting an internal investigation as to who has accessed my tax details.


19th March 2014:

Meeting with Tax Dept. They have conducted their investigation. They can do nothing without a name. I said I would get them that name. I haven't lost hope on that issue yet. It is very serious and needs to be sorted. I let the Police know the outcome. 


18th April 2014

My wife and I go down to the Police Station. We hand over the Audio that you listeners have heard in the last posting. She explains to the Policeman just how serious this is. The harassment - threats -intimidation and emails to work. The stress and fear that these attacks have caused and not least because a baby was due in June. No problem said the Policeman leave it with us and we will be in touch in the next day or two for a statement. Brilliant. We are finally getting somewhere

28th April 2014:

I phone the Police Station angry. No one has phoned. Nothing. Someone will phone me right back they said. I waited and I waited. 


29th April 2014:

Emailed the Police asking if my wife could please make her statement. As if there wasn't enough stress the last thing I needed was to be chasing this up.


1st May 2014:

The Police come to the house and my wife finally makes her statement. We hand over copies of the harassment/ intimidation of the fake Facebook profiles. This was coinciding with the audio. Police also get a copy of two of the emails. We are told that the High Tec Crime Squad will be in touch in a couple of days to get the computer copy of the emails.  Brilliant. Now we are really starting.


7th May 2014:


Forward more evidence from the fake Facebook Avatars to the Police. Getting Angry. No one has been in touch from the High Tec Crime Squad. 


11th May 2014:

Very Angry. No one has been in touch from the High Tec Crime Squad. My wife's maternity leave is coming up and she is very worried about leaving her post incase he sends more emails. She lets the Police know this.  No one has contacted my wife to check on her. They know the situation. There has been no support. We are chasing everything up. My wife says enough is enough. She then emails the Chief of Police Himself, Mike Bowron.  She explains her situation. We will be looking at this in the comment section. At last, we should now see some action. Who better to approach than the Chief himself. We are getting desperate.


12th May 2014:

Wife gets a holding email from Mike Bowron's PA saying that the email had been received. 

Still no news from the High Tec Crime Unit



19th May 2014: 

No news from the High Tec 'can't be bothered' Unit and nothing from Chief Bowron. I walk into town as I know there is a good chance that he will be outside TopShop. He is there. Resplendent in sun tan and regalia. I ask him about my wife's email. "What email?" is the reply. This is explained in the interview with VFC above. I go home and tell the wife that I have spoken to Chief Bowron and I expect you will get an email from him in the next day or two. I email our Policeman and ask how are they getting on with the Financial Services and checking ref bogus emails concerning my wife. I'm informed that this does not form part of the investigation. Im left speechless.


12th June 2014:

Nothing has happened on any level - she has gone on maternity leave - and we don't have a clue what is going on.  Wife emails Bowron again. This is getting ridiculous. All the time BBC Jersey are following this in the background.



13th June 2014:

Chief Bowron PA Replies. We will be in contact in the near future.



22nd June 2014:

Wife emails Police again and asks what is going on. She can't believe it. None of us can. 


20th July 2014:

Police come to the house. They basically tell us nothing has been done. I felt really sorry for our Policeman as he was obviously out of his depth with this. There you have it in a nutshell. A person trying to destroy me wife's career and that is the response I get from the SOJP. I inform them that I will take care of it if you can't. I will put the Audio out so people can hear. "Sounds like a good idea came the reply." 


28th July 2014:

I email the Chief of Police reproduced here:

From: rico sorda
Sent: 27 July 2014 20:40
To: Bowron, Mike
Cc: bbc jersey
Subject: Cyber Crime

Dear Chief Officer,

My name is Rico Sorda and write to you as a very concerned husband and father.  It gives me no pleasure in writing that I believe the States Of Jersey Police (SOJP) have failed my wife **** ****. Failed her on so many levels. We came to the the SOJP with concerns and evidence regarding the cyber abuse/harassment that she has been receiving over many months. This was at a time when she was having a very difficult pregnancy and was extremely ill. Just how seriously does the SOJP take cyber bulling? We have the media releases saying how you are doing this and that but to my mind it's all just PR. 

The SOJP has a responsibility. Where does it leave me, a concerned husband/father that your police force will not do anything, whether it be through lack of will or the person involved, Jon Haworth, being protected? I need to do something. I need answers. I go public. 

I thank PC ********* for trying his best for us but it is quite obvious that this young officer who is starting out on his career is way out of his depth when it comes to cyber bullying/harassment . He himself has been let down by his superiors. When we first met with him he informed us that he expected to be taken off the case and it would probably go to CID who have the experience. He never was. 

When I first contacted the SOJP in February 2014 with my concerns I spoke to a Jeremy Percival. I had been informed he was the person to speak to concerning Mr Haworth. When he asked me if I knew who was causing us all the concern I said yes Mr Haworth. This was met with silence and a parting shot of come down the station but don't ask for me. I knew from that moment onwards that this wasn't going to be easy. 

The reason I have copied in Matthew Price from BBC Radio Jersey into the email is that I approached them and asked if they would like to see how seriously the SOJP take cyber bullying. They have been privy to everything. From my very first meeting with the Police to where we are at the moment. They know that my wife twice contacted you personally Mr Bowron with her concerns and you haven't even had the courtesy to reply to them in person. You can stand in the high street smiling and doing the meet and greet every day but you cant reply to a member of the public who contacts you looking for assurance and help. There is no excuse. If you have time to stand outside Topshop you have time for an email. Simple as that. I even stopped you and asked you about it after my wife's first attempt. All she received was holding emails 

Months and months have passed and absolutely nothing has happened. I'm a strong believer in where there is a will there is a way.  

I can back up everything I'm saying. The Police have the audio of Mr Haworth telling a friend of mine how he is going to F**k up my wife's career with her work and financial services. This is extremely serious. I have spent hours with the Tax Department as he has been given information regarding my returns. I have it all on the audio recordings. We were even told that we had to investigate the emails to the Jersey Financial Services Commission ourselves when my wife had put it in her statement. Shall I conduct the whole investigation?

I see nothing but failure across the board. If you can come up with something better then I will be more than pleased to read it. 

This is just the opening shot. If you would like a timeline of the events then please feel free to ask.

I asked Mr Haworth to stay away from my family in early December. I did this on my blog. http://ricosorda.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-jersey-troll-blog-abuse-2-it-gets.html  I had gathered enough intelligence through the audio as to know what his game was. It worked for a while. He came back and I came to the SOJP for help. Not for me but for my wife.

Kind Regards

Rico Sorda


From: Bowron, Mike
Sent: ‎28/‎07/‎2014 01:17 PM
Subject: RE: Cyber Crime
Dear Mr Sorda,

Thank you for your comprehensive email. I am sorry that you feel the States of Jersey Police have not responded to this incident in the manner that you would expect. It is unfortunate that complaints such as that made by your wife cannot always conclude positively for all parties involved.

At Mr Bowron’s direction I have passed your email on to Chief Inspector Williamson who has knowledge of the case and will ensure the concerns you highlight continue to be looked into.

For clarity, Mr Bowron would never personally involve himself in an investigation given his role as Chief Officer. That is why all contact you and your wife have had so far has been acknowledged and then directed to the appropriate person for review.

Kind regards,

Dominic

Dominic Clayson
Sergeant 260
Staff Officer to Mike Bowron QPM
Chief Offic


It has now fallen on me to protect my wife and family.


The Police have failed us on so many levels 


Rico Sorda

Part Time Investigative Journalist 

This is the Audio for those new readers to these postings.



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

JERSEY CYBER STALKER - PART 2 OUR STORY - GUEST POSTING








" CYBER STALKING 2"



"A GUEST POSTING"




"JON S HAWORTH"




"THE STALKER HIMSELF TELLS US HOW  HE KNOWS ABOUT MY TAX RETURN AND HOW HE IS GOING TO FCUK UP MY WIFE'S CAREER"





"HE ALSO STATES HOW HE GOT INFORMATION ON MY WIFE FROM DEPUTY SEAN POWER"





" JON HAWORTH IS IN SERIOUS DENIAL ONLINE"




"BEFORE WE BEGIN. LET US LOOK AT SOME OF HIS  QUOTES"




"Jon S Haworth Can we just stop talking about Rico? We all have him blocked, nobody knows his wife or appears to. Nobody knows about his tax problems, Nobody knows about anything so he is harassing people. Keep him blocked and forget about him."

June 12 at 9:48pm
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  • Jon S Haworth I really worry about the level of intelligence we are dealing with here MM.
  • Rico Sorda has written numerous hate posts about a trial I was in (that was none of his business) and then proceeded to insult me online over matters that had nothing to do with me and then has the nerve to call me a troll !
  • The Police know all about him, his postings and his behaviour since it started and Pitman is almost identical.
  • He tries to write an offensive post about me with a drunken picture of a man in the street which Evans did a few years ago and the Police look at that and wonder what he is all about.
  • He then tries to go online and play a victim.
  • Its like a pantomime in which they pretend their own blog postings attacking others don't exist.
  • Like one of Littlejohn's catchphrases - You couldn't make it up.

  • June 27 at 10:10pm
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  • Jon S Haworth Oh I am wholly responsible for everything! I was even accused a month back of being involved in somebody's tax matters! I keep the Police apprised of all this lunacy and they always guess the right people behind it all, but boy it gets weird!
    July 4 at 8:42am · Like · 1


    James Pearce Sorda thinks he can use his blog to threaten you JH.
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    Jon S Haworth Already know about it and reported it to the Police even though whatever he writes is just going to be a pack of lies anyway. I am sick and tired of telling his mate and him 2 months ago that I have nothing to do with the ****ing tax or any e-mails to wife. Its like talking to a brick wall and he needs to get into his thick head that since he made another stupid complaint to the Police about me 3 years ago that got nowhere he is supposed to stay away from me..
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Jon S Haworth I have him blocked. I only speak to 1 blogger who has never insulted me online out of all of them but my time is getting tighter and like I said to our mutual friend, I have never seen his wife insulted online anyway. Maureen told him to stop blogging and start looking after her. I am seriously uninterested in his life. it means **** all to me.
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  • Jon S Haworth Thanks for the messages re: Sorda and his continued hate campaign and public threats, I have him blocked and he knows he should not even be attempting to contact me.
  • I will just carry on e-mailing them to the Police. It seems ironic that he is arguing with other people online for all to see yet I carry on getting blamed for it! I guess these are the limits he will go to trump up accusations that have no merit against me in order to honour a friend of his I won a case against. Such bitterness but let him carry on playing the jester, I have so many options if this carries on
    July 22 at 7:04pm · Edited · Like · 2

  • Jon S Haworth He should not be threatening anybody. He has it in his head that I've been stalking his wife??? He has been telling people that I will be in tears and he is going to do blogs about me etc. I 've already e-mailed the Police with more of these threats and I will be seeing them shortly with a view to taking things to another level. I am not putting up with this rubbish, its pathetic and nobody else should either. These bloggers and their use of the Internet to harass others are coming to an end anyway and besides, what good has it ever done for anybody?
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  • Jon S Haworth The Police said to me back in the Spring that the amount of abuse I have had to suffer online by bloggers has been unprecedented. They jokingly thanked me for taking the heat off them so if by any reason Higgins was targeting me with these claims its hypocrisy off the scale. I will say it again as was said to me 5 years ago, that these people cannot cope with other peoples freedom of speech and I think the Pitmans proved that when they were unable to cope with a satirical cartoon. I have actually advised people how to cope with this kind of thing by experience. I have kept up to speed with 3 States Members on a Cyber Insult Law, I even suggested it via a change to the Jersey Telecommunications Law in 2012. Its a long time coming but will be well received.
    Yesterday at 1:43pm · Like · 1
  • Jon S Haworth In my mind it is time he was charged with the online harassment of others. He is writing crap, again, on the back of a hunch and he has even admitted to stalking people online. I've dismissed all his ridiculous claims about tax and his wife in the past and have even gone so far as to raise his weirdness directly with the Police. Nothing further to add anymore because my conscience is clear that's for sure.
    13 hrs · Like · 1
  • Jon S Haworth Take his tax claim.
  • The Tax department get tip offs regularly but to actually get somebody pulled in you would need hard evidence or be in a powerful position to get them to act. He just cannot see that whoever is targeting him is much more powerful and influential than a member of the Public.
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 Today is just the first part of  looking at my family's "CYBER STALKER" Jon S Haworth.  As I stated in my previous posting, he crossed the line when he went for my wife.  I fully appreciate that my blogging activities will open me up to a degree of criticism, but this should not extend to my wife, or any other family member for that matter.  

Having got married in September 2013 and been away on honeymoon, I noticed my wife had become the topic of vile comments sent anonymously to my blog.   I decided to just ignore them at first as there were far more important things going on in our life.   My wife had become pregnant. Then, in a very short space of time, everything changed.

It was late October coming into November 2013 when I had a meeting with Voiceforchildren ("VFC"). We were having a chat about politics when he asked me about my blog and how it was going.  

I said "I am starting to get very annoyed at all the vile comments sent anonymously to my blog about my wife and, not only that, the person is also mentioning her place of employment  which means they are researching her". 
"That's strange" said VFC "I have had Jon S Haworth on the phone and he was mentioning your wife by name and where she worked." 
"You what" said I. "In what context could that man be mentioning my wife in a telephone conversation." 

VFC couldn't remember and then I made the decision. I supplied the equipment to enable VFC to record all their telephone conversations with Jon S Haworth. And so it began. From late October 2013 to the present day I have a recording of every phone call that was made. That is how I gathered my intelligence. Simple really. 


Jon S Haworth, I bet your jaw has just hit the floor. You are sat at home now thinking "what the hell have I said on the phone since October 2013?"  You have said plenty sunshine. 

My wife had, since falling pregnant, become very ill. We were into November 2013 and I was keeping the vile comments to myself. Also during this time I was aware that Jon S Haworth was looking into my wife. He had mentioned to VFC that he was getting his information from Deputy Sean Power. I decided to act. On 1st  December 2013 I did a blog posting called Blog Abuse 2. It was a shot across the bow at Mr Haworth. At the bottom of the posting I said quite explicitly stay away from my family. 

This part of the story will now be covered in the interview with VFC. 






I now want to move onto the very serious issue of our Income Tax Return. 

Jon S Haworth has stated he knows what I put on my income tax return. You can hear that quite clearly from the audio below. How serious is that He has contacts that can look into my Income Tax affairs. I want answers and I want the truth. I spent 4 hours with the Tax Department. It was very productive but we are all looking for answers.  He was so specific and I'm under no illusion that he has been disclosed information. 



Here you can listen to Jon S Haworth talking to VFC on the Phone. Listen to what he say's about our Tax and my wife. It is disgusting and toxic.





Is it just coincidence that when Jon Haworth was going on about fcuking up my wife's career with financial services their were fake profiles on  Politics Jersey Free Speech called James Pearce and Julie Hanning. ThIs is what they (He) posted. 

"James Pearce "Sorda is a hypocrite, wife working in finance whilst he promotes tax haven haters and I am surprised the JFSC have not been told about it. After all they fu**ing licence Trust Managers."
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Lawrence Byrne "I think someone has now Julie Hanning lol."
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This is just the first part. 


I want everyone to listen to the Audio very carefully. 


Rico Sorda

Part Time Investigative Journalist 


(Protecting my Family)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

JERSEY CYBER STALKING - PART 1 - OUR STORY WILL BE TOLD.










PART 1.



"CYBER STALKING"



"CYBER BULLYING"



Over the coming weeks I will be explaining to my readers the actions I had to take to try and protect my wife. Everything I do and say on my blog is my opinion based on research and fact.  My wife is not political, does not contribute to my blog and simply gets on with her own life.  So why she should become a target of a  Jersey Cyber Stalker is beyond me. Or, does he see her as my Achilles heel? If he did, then that was a mistake on his part. One of many that he has made. 

Having got married in September 2013, I decided to change my Facebook picture. Having kept my wife away from someones prying eyes for years I decided to put a picture up of us getting married. That was a mistake on my part.  She was identified and then it started. October 2013 the comments started coming to my blog - anonymously of course.  Vile comments. This time I just took stock. I then acted. Kept it quiet. Did what I do best. Investigated. Time to tell our story. 

I had to wait for permission to come through before I could start explaining what has gone on. This has now been obtained. There will be a Guest Posting coming up in part 2 or 3.  That person, along with myself, will be explaining on camera exactly what has gone on. No, it will not be my wife for all the above reasons. 

Not long after getting married my wife became pregnant. She became very ill during her pregnancy. This was a worry to all of us and a very dark time.  But still the stalker carried on. Still the Stalker hiding behind anonimity and his multiple fake Facebook accounts carried on. On June 23rd 2014 our baby was born safe and well. That was the greatest feeling in the whole world.

Now I can focus on the Stalker.


I have had enough.


 Everything has been put in place. Even if you think about sending more emails - we are waiting. Who did I get permission from to do this I hear you ask……. wait till Part 2 for the answer. 



What a story we have coming.


How many chances did I give you? How many times have I asked you to come down the police station and sort this out?  You might still get one more chance.


Cyber Stalking is alive and kicking in Jersey. It can be mainly found on a Facebook group called Politics Jersey With Free Speech.  I will be honest. The Fake profiles on there,  ones such as Sue Young - James Pearce etc have been used to harass but were only a small part of my investigation. No. I had to go beyond the screen. I had to go to the fingertips and then start the journey up. Only then do you start finding the answers. Computers aren't to blame. Its the people operating them. 


Rico Sorda


Part Time Investigative Journalist 




Here are my previous two postings on the subject





Below is a question asked by Deputy Higgins in the States of Jersey in June 2014


3.8 Deputy M.R. Higgins of the Minister for Home Affairs regarding the States of Jersey Police internet investigations into cyber bullying complaints:
Will the Minister give Members an update on the work of the police internet investigators who took up their post on 31st January 2014 and inform Members how many cyber bullying complaints have been received since the beginning of 2014 and how they have been dealt with, including how many prosecutions have been brought against the perpetrators of these acts and the penalties imposed on those convicted of an offence?
Senator B.I. Le Marquand (The Minister for Home Affairs):
The States of Jersey Police internet investigator has been actively involved with reports of cyber bullying - currently recorded as harassment - and has also assisted in a wide range of other cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crimes reported to the organisation - for example, drugs importations, assaults, road traffic offences and sudden deaths, et cetera - and in the development of online intelligence, thereby helping the force to most effectively prioritise their work.  This particular role is linked to the continuing force-wide development of all cyber-related matters, a theme that features as a high risk, high harm focus within strategic assessment and one that continues to increasingly impact upon all areas of policing.  Since 31st January 2014, the States of Jersey Police have recorded 9 criminal reports of either harassment or bullying over the internet.  Of these 9 allegations, 3 of the alleged offenders received words of advice from the police.  In 2 others, harassment notices were served.  Two offenders were charged and prosecuted with the offence of harassment, one receiving a 12-month binding-over order, the other a 6-month binding-over order and a 2-year restraining order.  The other 2 cases are currently under investigation.
3.8.1 Deputy M.R. Higgins:
A supplementary.  Just looking at his previous answer given to Deputy Trevor Pitman on 10th December, I see he has included some of those figures, which happened in the 6 months prior to the investigator coming forward.  The Minister has just said that this officer has a range of other duties.  Cyber bullying is a particularly horrendous offence.  It has led to the death of a number of people in this Island.  Does he not feel that it should be highly prioritised given the damage that can be done?  What can he tell the States about a prolific offender who has been repeatedly reported to the police who has yet not been brought before trial, a person who brought, with others, a data protection complaint against former Senator Stuart Syvret?  That person is going around this Island causing all sorts of mayhem, going to employers, telling them that people have committed all sorts of acts and so on, and yet the police are taking no action.  So, 2 questions: should a cyber investigator first of all be giving a much higher priority to cyber bullying and, secondly, what can he tell us about this prolific offender and the lack of action?
Senator B.I. Le Marquand:
In relation to the alleged prolific offender, I know absolutely nothing.  It is not my role as Minister to get involved in operational matters.  Indeed, since we now have a Police Authority I am even further removed from operational matters and my role is setting policy and priority.  I recognise and have recognised that there is a priority area and hence why this role has been set up, but hence my fairly lengthy answer to demonstrate this is not just a question of employing one person who is going to play a particular role.  We are trying to change the culture of the police force so that there is a general awareness.  In the last 6 months, a States of Jersey Police cyber policing strategy and action plan has been developed under the chairmanship of the Superintendent of Crime Services.  A programme of work subsequently commissioned involves all members of the organisation.  Partnership working features heavily in the plan.  One area of particular relevance has been the development of appropriate legislation to cater for those instances of grossly offensive or abusive messages that are not captured by current harassment legislation.  That work is being led not by Home Affairs but by Economic Development, however supported by the States of Jersey Police and the Law Officers’ Department.
3.8.2 Deputy M.R. Higgins:
It is all very well the Minister ... in fact, he has answered a question on this before and he has mentioned that Economic Development is leading on this and earlier he expressed dissatisfaction at it.  Is the Minister pleased with the progress of the work of the Economic Development Department and how soon does he expect legislation or new policies to be brought forward?  In fact, can I ask one other thing ...
The Bailiff:
Well, no ...
Deputy M.R. Higgins:
No, it is in answer to his question.  He said that they had come up with a strategy.  When is it going to be on their website so we can all see what the strategy is as well?
Senator B.I. Le Marquand:
I have not seen the draft strategy myself and will be interested to look at that and to see that finalised.  In relation to the piece of legislation, I have previously expressed disappointment that it was not Home Affairs who were running with this as a priority because the danger is with it being with E.D.D. (Economic Development Department) that it will not get the same high priority as it would have been given by Home Affairs.
Deputy M.R. Higgins:
I did ask the question was the Minister satisfied with the progress of E.D.D. at the present time.
Senator B.I. Le Marquand:
I am unaware of the progress they have made, in fact.  They have not been talking to me about it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DEPUTY HILTON - "IT WOULD APPEAR THE PROTECTION OF ISLAND CHILDREN IS FAILING YET AGAIN"

DEPUTY HILTON






"WHAT IS GOING ON?"


"ARE WE STILL HAVING CHILD PROTECTION FAILURES"


"HAVE ANY LESSONS BEEN LEARNT SINCE THE JERSEY CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATION?"


DEPUTY HILTON ASKS THE QUESTION.

There still seems to be serious concerns with the protection of vulnerable children in Jersey. The  issue was raised by Deputy Hilton in the States of Jersey on the 3/6/2014. The answers left me horrified and I reproduce it below. Have we, as an Island, not learnt a single thing regarding the protection of  vulnerable children since 2008 and Haut De La Garenne going global?  Im sick of tired of hearing the immortal  quote of "Lessons have been learnt". 

"Lessons being learnt" is a  get out clause for the Minister answering the questions.  This is simply not good enough. Where were the concerns from the other members? We have 51 states members and only 2 other deputies had something to say. The children need a champion and I hope that Deputy Hilton keeps getting the questions in. Lessons don't get learnt in Jersey. Remember the secrecy around the sex grooming case? I hope the Jersey Media pick this up and also demand answers as it can't be left to the bloggers to carry this fight alone. 

Who will have oversight of any reports and recommendations that come from these horror stories? 

Lets be honest here. You can have the greatest policies in place but unless you smash the culture that still persists to this day then nothing will ever change. 

I really hope that the Committee of Enquiry brings a sledge hammer to bear on the Jersey Way of dealing with  abuse. If they ever mention the immortal words of "Lessons have been Learnt"  I will simply cry. 

This should be headline news as what is more important than the plight of venerable children.

Rico Sorda 

Part time Investigative Journalist





3.8.1 Deputy J.A. Hilton:
Is the Assistant Minister aware there are a number of serious child sexual abuse cases to be reviewed by the Safeguarding Board and does this fact cause him alarm, as it would appear the protection of Island children is failing yet again?
Senator P.F. Routier:  
I am aware that there are some more cases to be reviewed and, as we have not been used to having as many cases as are currently coming forward, it is of concern.  What is, I think, positive about these reviews taking place is that it is being looked at very seriously that we need to ensure that, when a case is being reviewed, some learning is made across all the services and that it is identified, if there had been some failings, that best practice is brought forward in the future.
Deputy M.R. Higgins:
As the question is about when reports are going to be published, I would like to ask when the report on the woman known as H.G. is going to be reported by this panel?  Because there seems to be cases being reviewed but no reports coming out and made public.  Can the Assistant Minister tell us when it will be ...
The Bailiff:
Sorry, Deputy, that is not related to this question.  It is not the same body at all.  Very well, Deputy Le Hérissier?
3.8.2 Deputy R.G. Le Hérissier:
The rapporteur referred to learnings.  If several cases are alive at the moment, could the rapporteur tell us what lessons have been learned?  Because surely it could be construed as a failure that cases have reached this level.  Given all the money that has been ploughed into these issues over the last few years, why were the warning signs not picked up at the appropriate management and organisational levels?
Senator P.F. Routier:
The establishment of the Safeguarding Boards for Children and Adults, which have only been established in recent times, is, I think, a real positive step forward for the States generally.  The Deputy is quite right: there has been extra investment put in after the Williamson Report to ensure that services are the best we can possibly have them.  There is, obviously with these cases coming forward, a recognition that there needs to be some improvements to services, and that will be highlighted when the reports are finalised. 
[10:30]
But I need to remind Members about this particular case that, until the family and the people who are involved are spoken to, it is very difficult; we cannot talk about it until that happens.
3.8.3 Deputy R.G. Le Hérissier:
Can I get clarification: could the rapporteur tell us - and I appreciate in a way it should be the Minister - has he been able to draw any conclusions where the failings are as opposed to just focusing on this case?
Senator P.F. Routier:
Not as yet, no. 
3.8.4 Deputy J.A. Hilton:
It would seem to me that with the X Family, the G Family and numerous other families, the States of Jersey are still failing our children badly [Approbation] and we need to address this as soon as possible.  I am very concerned that the Assistant Minister has agreed with me that there are a number of serious child sexual abuse cases coming forward; we need to establish as soon as possible exactly what is going wrong.  Is the Assistant Minister satisfied that we have the expertise available in the Island to establish when sexual abuse is occurring within families?
Senator P.F. Routier:
I can only agree with the questioner with regard to the concerns that she has.  I, too, share those concerns and want to ensure that everything is looked at in an appropriate manner.  The question with regards whether we have the correct facilities and expertise in the Island to look at these cases is something we need to look at very closely.  I think we need to ensure that with the help of the safeguarding chairperson who is doing these reviews, she is going to come forward with recommendations which we will have to act on.  I would not be able to stand here and defend a service which was not performing correctly and I would hope that if it does require extra resources they would be coming forward.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY - OPEN DAY.











The success (or otherwise) of the Inquiry will depend on what evidence it receives and if anybody needs any help/support submitting their evidence or any Abuse Victim/Survivor, or family member/friend of, need any kind of support, whether submitting evidence, or not, the Jersey Care Leavers Association (JCLA) are more than happy to help and can be contacted by e-mail jerseycareleavers@gmail.com  or telephoned on 01534-738351.









4 June 2014

Independent Jersey Care Inquiry to hold Public Preview Afternoon


Members of the public will have a chance to look around the offices where the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry will begin hearings this Summer.
The public areas of the Seaton Place offices in St Helier, including the hearing room, will be open for anyone who would like to visit on Monday 9 June, between 13.30 and 15.30.
Members of the Legal Team will be on hand to answer any questions and to explain exactly how the proceedings will run. A member of the Inquiry’s witness support group will also be available to outline what services will be on offer.
Anyone wishing to take photographs on the Preview Day may do so only during the final 15 minutes of the session.
Building work at 11 – 15 Seaton Place is now complete and the facilities are designed to ensure the comfort of witnesses who will be giving evidence. Particular care has been taken to allow those who wish to give evidence anonymously to do so without risk of being identified.
When the hearings get underway, the first expert witness will be Professor Roger Bullock of Bristol University who will provide evidence about Jersey’s care system. The Legal Team are still gathering witness statements and documents and it’s not too late for anyone who wants to give evidence to get in touch.
The latest technology is being used to handle the tens of thousands of documents used during the Inquiry. These will be shown on large screens throughout the hearing centre and then uploaded onto the website.
The Inquiry Chair, Frances Oldham QC, says: "The Panel are looking forward to beginning the public part of the Inquiry and would like to assure everyone that we will work as openly and transparently as possible. We urge anyone who thinks they can contribute to our work to contact us in what is a very safe environment. We will be robust and independent in our approach to uncover the truth about what went wrong in Jersey's child care system over many years." End