The United Kingdom Care Leavers Association Comes to Jersey.
MEETING FOR JERSEY “CARE” LEAVERS.
This Wednesday. 30th April. 7.30pm.
Committee Room, Town Hall.
Have You Survived the Jersey Child “Protection” System?
Come to this meeting.
Amidst the publicity and controversy of the Jersey child abuse disaster, sometimes the people who matter most – those who suffered the system and survived it – get overlooked.
People imagine politicians to be powerful. But unless you’re in with the established power cliques – if you oppose them – your powers are very, very limited.
So there is not a huge amount I can do as a marginalised politician. But something I can do is help survivors of Jersey’s child “care” system to get organised and become empowered.
To that end I am extremely grateful for the support of the United Kingdom Care Leavers Association.
This group is run by care leavers – for care leavers. It is an organisation of integrity and experience.
Three senior figures from the Care Leavers Association will be in Jersey this Wednesday. They and I are hosting a meeting for those who have been in the Jersey child “care” system.
The CLA leadership are here to advise, help and guide Jersey “care” survivors to establish and run their own Jersey Care Leavers Association.
It’s obviously important that I say what the purposes of Wednesday’s meeting are – and what they are not.
The meeting is open to those who have personal experiences of the Jersey child “care” system.
The meeting is not open to general members of the public who have not had personal experience of the Jersey child “care” system.
Whilst we know there is tremendous public support for, and interest in, these issues, we respectfully ask that the attendance at Wednesday’s meeting be confined to those with personal experiences.
The meeting is not open to journalists.
Obviously, many people who may come to the meeting will wish their privacy to be maintained. We would not like to think that there are people out there in the community who have experienced the system – and who are isolated and disempowered – but who would be put off attending because of concerns for their privacy.
This meeting is for those who need to unite for effective representation for themselves.
We trust that journalists would respect the privacy of the meeting.
The meeting and the subsequent activities of the Jersey CLA must not jeopardise prosecutions. Therefore, to avoid accusations by defence lawyers that collusion has occurred, the meeting will not discuss individual cases.
It is important that any person who either has, or thinks that they might have to make formal statements to the Police understands that their witness testimony – should they have to appear in court – must remain uncontaminated.
But should any people who have gone through the system wish to speak with someone about their experiences, they can speak privately with Mary, Jim or Will.
Hell – even me if you’re desperate.
Below is the press release of the UK CLA which announces the Jersey meeting.
If you know what it was like – if you went through it – please spread the word of this meeting amongst those who have had the same experiences.
The fight-back begins here.
Announcement from the United Kingdom Care Leavers Association.
Care Leavers’ Association Meeting on Jersey: Wednesday Evening, 30th April 7.30 p.m Committee Room, Town Hall.
The Care Leavers’ Association is run by adults who were in care as children (www.careleavers.com). We have called this meeting to discuss how to improve the child care system on Jersey and how care leavers can get the support they need. We are inviting all care leavers to attend. It will be hosted by Senator Stuart Syvret, who has helped to expose the problems with child care on Jersey. If you were in care and want to come along, then feel free to bring along a supporter if you need to (perhaps a partner, other family member or friend).
We want the care leavers of Jersey to decide what should be done. At our meetings in the UK, several issues are often raised. These include: 1) abuse in the care system; 2) accessing your social services files; 3) the problems of leaving care; 4) improving the current care system. If you can think of other issues we should discuss, please bring them with you.
If you have made allegations to the police about past abuse, or are thinking of doing so, you are very welcome to attend. However, you need to be aware that sometimes defence lawyers in such cases will use evidence of possible ‘collusion’. This means that they could try to say that your attendance at such a meeting helped you to ‘get your story straight’ with other care leavers that you met there. If this would make you decide not to attend, but you would still like to meet with us, please do get in touch (via Senator Syvret) and we will happily meet you individually. For the above reason, at the meeting itself we will also NOT be discussing the details of anyone’s individual case.
We are looking forward meeting you. Our meetings are always great social events, too, because there is nothing quite like meeting other care leavers who know what it is like ‘from the inside’.
Best wishes, Will McMahon (Chair), Mary Clear (Treasurer), Jim Goddard (Secretary)
Mary is a care leaver, mother of 4, granny of 7, and qualified social worker. She spent most of her childhood in a large number of institutions; some good and some she would happily forget. She looks after the CLA website and over the years has welcomed hundreds of care leavers.
Will is a care leaver, having spent 13 years in children’s homes and foster care. He is now Acting Director of the Crime and Society Foundation, a policy unit at King’s College London.
Jim was in care between the ages of three and 17, in children’s homes on Merseyside. In one he was a victim of child abuse. He is now a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Bradford.
Will Mcmahon (Chair)
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