Following the first public meeting of the Jersey Care Inquiry it's difficult to speculate as to what will happen next.
To get to the truth the Committee of Inquiry will need all the help it can get from the victims of abuse and the people of Jersey.
A member from Slater and Gordon's specialist Abuse Team attended the meeting on the 3rd April 2014 hoping to establish how the Inquiry would be run and it seems the Terms of Reference are to be extremely thorough.
We know it will be important to the victims of abuse whom we have represented over the last 6 years to understand what implications there will be in their coming forward. For our clients, they need reassurance that in their assisting the Inquiry and providing evidence it will be a worthwhile exercise. Over the coming weeks we hope there will be a clearer picture as to how the Inquiry will run so that we can continue to advise and support our clients.
The Committee of Inquiry will need to travel back in time seventy years to life under the German occupation and get to grips with the subsequent social history of the island. Who were the children sent to Haut de la Garenne, why were they there, and who were the people employed to look after them?
All of the above questions require answers before we can even begin to understand why the children were abused.
We are hopeful that the victims are not only given the opportunity to give their accounts, but also have the chance to ask questions, because they deserve the truth.
They need to know why it happened, and if it was allowed to happen?
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