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Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Children’s Commissioner (FOI)

Children’s Commissioner (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 23 February 2021.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



How was the decision made to allow [name redacted] to have a ‘drop in’ at the Children’s Commissioner's office?


Were children and young people involved in that decision, and if so, how?


Who employs her, who insures her? Has she had a DBS check?


Will she have access to resources of the Children’s Commissioner? If so, does it have financial clearance?


Does the work [name redacted] carries out come under the International Humans Right remit of the Children’s Commissioner? If so, how?


If not, how is public funds being spent on this justified?


Is the Children’s Commissioner aware of any ways this may conflict with children’s rights?


If there are any children who wish to access the Children’s Commissioner as a citizen of Jersey, but also have committed sexual abuse offences, how can their safety be guaranteed? Has a risk assessment been carried out for this purpose?


What about if the child’s parent has committed sexual crimes, how have safeguarding risks been mitigated?


How can the safety of Social workers be guaranteed if they attend this public office in the course of their duty? How is the commissioner mitigating this risk?


As there is what appears to be a crèche set up at the drop in centre for children, how is the Children’s Commissioner mitigating the risk of these children being privy to potentially sensitive information?


Has the Children’s Commissioner carried out any assessment of how having [name redacted] working from her office will impact on other service users?


Does the advertising of using the Children’s Commissioner office by [name redacted] for this purpose follow international human rights guidance and the commissioner’s guidance in the use of social media? If not, how is this justified?


Who is providing [name redacted] with line management supervision for this task? With what frequency?


How is the accuracy of information shared by [name redacted] going to be monitored by the Office and the appropriateness of the advice given monitored?


A to O 

The Commissioner would like to advise the requester that information is not held and therefore cannot be supplied.

The Commissioner would be pleased to meet the requester and discuss the questions raised with them.

Articles of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 which support this response are detailed below.

Articles referenced:

Article 3 Meaning of “information held by a public authority” 

For the purposes of this Law, information is held by a public authority if – 

(a) it is held by the authority, otherwise than on behalf of another person; or

(b) it is held by another person on behalf of the authority.

Article 4 - Meaning of “information to be supplied by a public authority” 

(1) For the purposes of this Law, the information held by a public authority at the time when a request for the information is received is the information that is to be taken to have been requested. 

(2) However, account may be taken of any amendment or deletion made to the information between the time when the request for the information was received and the time when it is supplied if the amendment or deletion would have been made regardless of the request for the information.

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