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Public memorial recommendations announced

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry recommended that Jersey should find a way to acknowledge the children and young people who were failed by the Island's child care system.

Developing ideas

During May and June 2018, a group of Islanders come together to form a citizens panel. The panel were asked to develop ideas for a memorial, or another appropriate way for Jersey to remember.

The panel met for five days to explore different types of memorial. Before refining their ideas, panel members worked with academics and voluntary sector leaders from the UK and Australia with experience of memorials and other responses to traumatic events. 

The panel's final recommendations were presented to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

We appointed an independent organisation to run this process. 

Final recommendations

The citizens panel recommended that the legacy should include four key elements:

  • creation of a memorial
  • recognising 3 July each year as Jersey Children's Day
  • help and support for victims/survivors and their families
  • an emblem linking the elements of the legacy together

The panel also produced criteria that each element of the legacy should meet. Full details of the process followed by the citizens panel, their recommendations and criteria are presented in the final report about this process.

Jersey Citizens Panel 2018 for memorial recommendations- Final Report 

The panel suggested that the final memorial should be sited in Royal Square and have stated their desire that the legacy emblem should be a butterfly.

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