Historical child abuse inquiry due next year

A MULTI-million pound committee of inquiry into historical child abuse should be up and running next year.

Chief Minister Ian Gorst
Chief Minister Ian Gorst

A MULTI-million pound committee of inquiry into historical child abuse should be up and running next year.

Chief Minister Ian Gorst plans to lodge a States proposition next week setting out terms of reference for an inquiry and how it would be conducted so they can be debated before the end of the year.

The news comes 18 months after the States overwhelmingly backed a move from Senator Francis Le Gresley for such an inquiry to take place and a year after independent UK consultants Verita - who were commissioned by the former Council of Ministers - presented a report to ministers setting out how an inquiry should take place and what it should look at.

The delays have been put down to the change in Island government after last year's elections.

On Friday, the author of that report, Verita managing partner Ed Marsden, was in Jersey to brief States Members on his recommendations, which Senator Gorst will now consider along with the related recommendations of UK social work expert Andrew Williamson, who was brought in by the existing Council of Ministers to review the work of Verita.