This report captures learning from the Government of Jersey (“GoJ”) Redress Scheme that was launched on 1 July 2019 and which provided financial redress for people:
a. who, while accommodated at Les Chênes secure residential unit, suffered due to the harsh regime and whose experiences there had a negative impact on their childhood
b. who were sexually abused and/or physically abused while a full-time resident in a Government of Jersey children’s home or while in a Government of Jersey foster care placement. Or, while accommodated at Les Chênes secure residential unit, were sexually abused and/or physically abused resulting in significant injury or long-term harm.
About the Jersey Redress Scheme
The Jersey Redress Scheme opened to applications on 1 July 2019 and closed to applications on 31 August 2020.
The Scheme provided redress to people who, as children, were abused or suffered harm between 9 May 1945 and 31 December 2005 while:
a. resident in a Government of Jersey children’s home
b. in a Government of Jersey foster care placement
c. accommodated at Les Chênes secure residential unit
Information about the scheme and its operation is set out in the closing report.
Some applicants to the scheme were allocated monies to pay for therapeutic support. If you were one of these applicants and you want to speak to someone about your therapy monies, you can email Rose Dickinson.
Help and support
If you have been affected by abuse in residential or foster care and would like to speak to someone, you can contact Victim Support Jersey on tel: +44 (0) 1534 440496. Their volunteers will listen and provide emotional support, practical help and information. They can also direct you to the right services if you need more support.
If you want to talk to someone out of hours, call Jersey Samaritans on Freephone: +44 (0) 1534 116123.
Jersey Samaritans website
Other services that can help include:
Dewberry House, Sexual Assault Referral Centre, phone + 44 (0) 1534 888222
Jersey Action Against Rape, phone + 44 (0) 1534 482800
States of Jersey Police, phone + 44 (0) 1534 612612