Review into child abuse in Jersey finds multiple failings

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A review into child abuse in Jersey has found multiple failings including a failure by the authorities to identify sexual abuse.

The Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Children Partnership Board investigated the cases of three families in which serious child sexual abuse has occurred during the last ten years.

Review into child abuse in Jersey finds multiple failings


A review into child abuse in Jersey has found multiple failings including a failure by the authorities to identify sexual abuse.The Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Children Partnership Board investigated the cases of three families in which serious child sexual abuse has occurred during the last ten years.

The cases met the criteria for a thematic serious case review and although they were independently reviewed similarities between the cases meant a decision was made to combine them under one review.

The review identified the following six themes:

  • failure to identify sexual abuse
  • ineffective supervision and management
  • lack of professional challenge and effective communication
  • drift and delay
  • lack of or inappropriate focus
  • failure to listen to children or take their wishes and feelings seriously.

The sexual abuse of children is committed by adults in every society, which means that it is not a problem that is unique to Jersey, and that there is also no reason to assume that it does not and will not happen here. The question of why and how it has happened in these particular cases is one that is addressed in the thematic review, along with the often complex reasons for these abuses having remained unidentified for so long.

– Glenys Johnston, Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Children Partnership Board
Source: itv.com