Jersey’s new Historic Abuse Redress Scheme imminent

April 18th, 2019

The pledge from the Jersey Government follows lobbying by those claiming to be the victims of abuse at Les Chenes during the 1990s and 2000s.

In December 2018, the Jersey Council of Ministers agreed to set up a new scheme to compensate anyone who suffered abuse while in the care of the State of Jersey foster or residential care facilities, or, whilst placed under supervision at Les Chenes secure residential unit.

The formation of the scheme is evolved from the previous Redress Scheme which was launched in 2012 and stood to provide financial compensation for those victims of abuse that were in residential care only, between 1945 – 1994.

The new scheme will now also provide compensation for those victims who were in foster care or the Les Chenes secure residential unit.

The Les Chenes regime was both abusive and brutal according to an Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, which together with the lobbying efforts of its sufferers has paved the way for a new Redress Scheme providing a wider scope of eligible claimants. Les Chenes was closed in 2003.

Following the Jersey Inquiry, more and more survivors have come forward. It is expected that the scheme’s finalised reports will be announced in the very near future as its scope of eligible claimants is extended.

If you or loved one have suffered abused while under the care or supervision of the Jersey care system, please contact our experienced team of specialist lawyers.

Verisona Law has an award-winning abuse team that specialises in helping victims of historic abuse as well as extensive experience of representing claimants under the previous 2012 Redress Scheme.