Compensation for Jersey abuse victims

In 2008, the Haut de la Garenne children’s home in Jersey was the centre of a criminal investigation.  Earlier today, Jersey’s Chief Minister, Ian Gorst, announced the launch of a historic abuse redress scheme.  He stated that it has been recognised that the “care system that operated historically on the island failed some children in the state’s residential care in a serious way”.

At least 43 abuse victims are now set to receive compensation while police continue to investigate more than 100 allegations of serious child abuse at the home.

Police excavated the grounds of the home after receiving tip-offs but no human remains were ever found.  However, eight people have been prosecuted.

A lawyer representing all 43 victims has said that no amount of compensation can ever put right what these children endured , but no matter how imperfect the means to achieve the justice, what matters is the fact that the states of Jersey has recognised the need to do the right thing”.