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Children's Law Reform

DepartmentStrategic Policy, Planning and Performance
Start date05/12/2019
End date26/02/2020
Type of consultationOther
Deadline for comments26/02/2020
Responses publish date08/04/2020

About the consultation

In December 2018, the Minister for Children and Housing, Senator Sam Mézec, announced a programme of legislative change. The Children’s Legislation Transformation Programme covers 39 different areas of policy development that have a shared ambition of improving outcomes for children.

These proposals are in Phase 1 of the Children’s Legislation Transformation Programme and are due to form an omnibus amendment to the Children (Jersey) Law, 2002.

The policy proposals aim to strengthen the law in the following way:

  • to expand the focus of the current law to provide an entitlement to children and families for early help and support based on their wellbeing needs
  • to establish a legal requirement for strategic and operational integrated planning across services that will enable joint planning and clear priorities to improve children’s outcomes
  • to ensure there is clarity around responsibility for the promotion of wellbeing and for safeguarding children
  • the introduction of a new requirement for co-operation between providers of services for children
  • to establish a named list of corporate parents with clear duties and responsibilities for children who are in care and for care leavers
  • to clearly set out the elements of support that children in care, or leaving care, can expect from government
  • to embed the four guiding principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in the law

Development of the proposals so far have taken into account:

  • the findings of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry
  • local and national evidence on effective ways to protect and support children and young people
  • discussions with children’s practitioners
  • meetings with Government counterparts in Scotland to learn from good practice elsewhere
  • views expressed by children and young people in respect of wellbeing

Before work begins on drafting this amendment, we want to test the key features of the underpinning policy through public consultation.

Public meeting dates

​We are holding two public drop-in sessions at Jersey Library on:

  • Wednesday 29 January from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Friday 31 January from 9.30am to 11.30am

Please come along if you have a question or would like to find out more.

How to submit comments to the consultation

There are a few ways you can share your views. You can:

Complete our short online questionnaire

Email the Children’s Policy Team

Write to:

Children's Law Reform
Strategic Policy, Planning and Performance
19-21 Broad Street
St Helier

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