Tuesday, July 18, 2017

WILTSHIRE IS NOT THE LIFEBOAT ANDREW WANTS IT TO BE




DEPUTY ANDREW LEWIS 





WILTSHIRE (OPERATION HAVEN 1)




THE FACTS



On the 12th November 2008 Deputy Andrew Lewis as Home Affairs Minister suspended the Chief of Police Graham Power QPM on what can only be described as spurious grounds. This act was the only significant Ministerial decision he made during his very short tenure as Home Affairs Minister before retiring from politics at the end of 2008.The above action set in chain an Independent Disciplinary Investigation by Wiltshire Constabulary.This was named Operation Haven 1.

Wiltshire were called in to conduct a disciplinary investigation into Operation Rectangle. This was led by Chief Constable Brian Moore. Wiltshire was not the end of a disciplinary procedure but the beginning. What happened next went beyond farcical. Graham Power prepared his defence case which included a 94page 62,000 word document. Wiltshire then missed every deadline set. In fact, they didn't finish their report until mid 2010. By then Graham Power had left the States of Jersey Police. Wiltshire was meant to report their findings in March 2009. Graham Power was denied the opportunity to state his defence case. Deputy Andrew Lewis has continuously attempted to rely on the allegations made against Graham Power in Operation Haven 1 in order to justify his suspension of the former Chief of Police.

Andrew Lewis wants to rely upon unproven - untested allegations contained in the prosecution case.


Andrew Lewis has no shame and is bringing the States of Jersey into disrepute by continuing this absurd attempt to clear his name. Clearly Deputy Andrew Lewis doesn't comprehend that natural justice dictates that an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. He is clutching at straws. Graham Power is innocent of all allegations in Haven 1. That's not me saying that - that's the law.

Even in the States today Deputy Andrew Lewis was saying how Wiltshire was a damning report. This makes Deputy Andrew Lewis incredibly stupid or extremely desperate.. He should just resign from the states and save himself and his political colleagues anymore shame.


The verdict is in. It cost the taxpayer 23million pounds. P.P.C should be looking at what sanctions they can impose on Deputy Lewis not rehashing such a costly investigation.



WILTSHIRE WAS THE PROSECUTION CASE



DO THE HONOURABLE THING DEPUTY LEWIS AND GO


Rico Sorda


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE JCLA

STATEMENT FROM JERSEY CARELEAVERS ASSOCIATION (JCLA)
Monday 3rd July 2017


On behalf of the JCLA and as a survivor I welcome today’s publication of the IJCI’s report.

We have waited a very long time not just for this report but to obtain an independent opinion and to understand why so many vulnerable children came to be abused in Jersey some for many years whilst in the care of the States of Jersey.

The report makes for disturbing reading. The inquiry exposes repeated failures in good governments and managements on the part of the States of Jersey. 

Very often and too often the term “historical” is applied like a label to the accounts of child abuse. This is both wrong and misleading. Survivors in Jersey and further afield are living testimony to the fact that there is nothing historical about the abuse they suffered. They are living proof that what happened is a challenge for today and tomorrow. A challenge in the sense that as a community we have to face-up to the failings identified in the report, to put those failings right, and to ensure that we have a fit for purpose child protection system in place for tomorrow.

The report identifies where the SOJ has gone wrong on child protection year in year out. Too often the interests of vulnerable children were secondary, and the risk as identified in the report that the lessons that could be learnt from the past will not be. Far too often the SOJ diverted its considerable resources on short-term measures to shore-up reputations. Those concerned may well have thought they were acting wisely at the time, but they were blinkered as to the real issues. Children were being failed and in the worse possible way.

Jersey should be rightly proud that it held the inquiry and credit is due where it is deserved. Those in the SOJ and others who supported the creation of the inquiry and allowed it to go about its work should be acknowledged.

The inquiry would not have been possible had not so many witnesses come forward, and by no means least survivors. It took courage and dignity to give evidence to the inquiry. 

We must now look to the future. It would be absurd for this report to be allowed to gather dust. It is incumbent on Jersey’s leaders and the SOJ to take this report, and act on the recommendations made by the IJCI’s Panel to ensure that there is a fit for purpose child protection system in place for all children from now and into the future.  


 History of JCLA

The JCLA was formed in 2008 in the wake of the announcement that an investigation into years of child abuse in the Island was being undertaken by the States of Jersey Police. Survivors/victims of abuse were offered the opportunity to join the charity, and it attracted members from as far afield as Australia. The objectives of the charity were fourfold -
  • To provide an open door for survivors to call as and when they felt they wanted to talk and be believed, to be listened to and to express their feelings without being judged. Survivors had a great mistrust of anything and anybody with States of Jersey connections and the JCLA was a place of 'safety' to them. 

  • To offer practical help in many ways to make it easier for members to obtain records whether it be their child care SOJ records, or police statements made by them. Many Care leavers were looking for answers and needed to understand what happened to them as children and why they ended up in care. For some, this process was invaluable to help them understand more about their past and gave them a better sense of identity with more of an understanding about what happened to them as children.  We helped with completing forms and attended meetings with those who were too nervous to go alone. Contact was made on behalf of JCLA members with agencies involved to make the many processes of the redress scheme and the Inquiry easier for Survivors. 

  • To ensure a Redress Scheme was put in place and reached out to as many Care leavers as possible to make them aware that this was in place. 

  • To ensure that a fully robust and independent Committee of Inquiry was enabled, and that JCLA’s input and recommendations for the Terms of Reference were taken on board. 
We kept members up to date with all updates and news through a regular newsletter and e-mails. We attended many meetings with Lawyers, the Chief Minister and other States members as well as various SOJ Departments to negotiate a way forward for all.  Not all the abuse survivors wanted to be members of the JCLA which we fully understood and respected, but it was hoped that any achievements and progress we made was of benefit to all. We worked very hard for justice for all survivors and recognition that at last the awful history of the past would come into the public domain, and expose the failings of the States of Jersey and the many agencies that should have prevented this ever happening. 

It is not something Jersey should be proud of, but we hope the Inquiry Report highlights not only the great failures, but recommendations will be made that will ensure that this will never happen again. 

This has been a very long journey for all but in particular for the very brave survivors who, having already been through the ordeal of a traumatic and abusive childhood, had to re-live their experiences once again. We would also like to thank all those who have helped and guided us throughout these many years, there are too many to mention but you know who you are. To you all - thank you.

We hope that we have given some form of comfort to those needing our help and hope that in time, Jersey will be able to heal and move forward from this dark chapter in her history however……… 

…..for some Survivors this can never happen. To them, this is not historic; the memories continue to consume their lives today and tomorrow. For these people, there will never be closure.     

Carrie Modral 

JCLA

Sunday, July 2, 2017

AN END TO THE JERSEY WAY?

PRESS RELEASE ON BEHALF OF:
CAMPAIGNERS FOR AN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO JERSEY CHILD ABUSE

“An end to the Jersey way.”

A group of current and former politicians, as well as Jersey bloggers who campaigned for almost a decade on subject of Child Abuse, and who fought for the Independent Abuse Inquiry to take place have said they are awaiting with ‘great anticipation’ the publishing of tomorrow’s report into child abuse. 
Speaking on behalf of the campaigners, Deputy Montfort Tadier said, “This was a hard fought battle and the Inquiry would not have happened were it not for a handful of committed individuals in the States Assembly, careleavers and members of citizens’ media, who successfully campaigned for the Inquiry to take place.
First and foremost, we must recognise that systemic child abuse was allowed to take place in state institutions, and elsewhere, over recent decades, to some of the most vulnerable children in our society. For some survivors and those close to them, there may never be true justice or closure, but today we can stand with them in solidarity and recognise their pain and trauma.
The two important questions that we hope the Inquiry will address are: How was this able to happen in Jersey, and could it still happen today?
During the giving of evidence, many witnesses spoke of ‘the Jersey Way’; by this they meant a culture in which reporting abuse was difficult, where they weren’t listened to, where whilstleblowing was almost impossible, where the island’s reputation came before the safeguarding of the vulnerable and where compacency was the norm. 
There are still examples of some of these failures today: some areas of public sector and institutions remain hostile to criticism. Where this culture exists, it must be replaced by an active pursuit of honesty, openness, and accountability. Where problems exist, staff, agencies and citizens must feel able to raise valid concerns knowing that effectifve action will be taken in a timely manner. This will, no doubt, also mean better resourcing and investment in areas such as social care, education and training. We must also be prepared to reform our institutions where they are no longer fit for purpose and tradition can no longer be an excuse for not adopting modern best practice.”
-ENDS-
NOTE- Due to the timing of the publication of the report, the Campaign Group will be making a public statement on Tuesday at 1pm where members of the media may attend and ask questions. Venue TBA – see twitter for details (@DeputyTadier). 

Contact –Deputy Montfort Tadier, 0779784435