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What Independent Safeguarding and Standards does

​Independent Safeguarding and Standards (ISS) has responsibilities for anyone below the age of 18 who is:

  • felt to be at risk of suffering physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect
  • in a children's home, foster care or are being looked after in another way by the States

The ISS also investigates allegations of professional or organised abuse which may not relate to a particular child or family.

For children / young people who are at risk

If anyone under the age of 18 is felt to be at risk, ISS will:
  • arrange and chair a conference to determine whether they are at risk or suffering harm
  • establish a child protection plan for those children who are thought to be at risk
  • add their name to Jersey’s child protection register
  • monitor the individuals and agencies who are implementing their child protection plan to ensure it is being followed

For looked-after children

If anyone under the age of 18 is being cared for by the States of Jersey, ISS will:
  • review their care arrangements and decide on the plans for their future
  • monitor the individuals and agencies who are implementing their plan to ensure that it is being followed

Background

Following a 2007 review of Jersey’s child protection processes, the agency was established to provide a level of independent oversight to the planning and reviews. ISS staff include:
  • a manager
  • independent reviewing officers, who monitor looked-after children
  • child protection advisers, who monitor children with a child protection plan
  • administration staff

ISS's manager is the custodian of Jersey’s child protection register.
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