Comments

Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Michael Higgins to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences as Deputy of St Helier District 3 and 4. [Some details redacted].

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Reference

C/D/AW4/B2/23/WS000688

Date

December 8th 2015 - December 8th 2015

Scope and Content

Provides background information including an overview of his career in Jersey as a lecturer in Economics, Law and Banking at Highlands College and in legal and policy areas at the Jersey Financial Services Commission prior to his election to the position of Deputy of St Helier District 3 and 4 in December 2008 and subsequent re-election in 2011 and 2014. Describes his motivation for entering politics and sets out details of his role and remit as a Deputy. Includes comments about the historic child abuse investigation (Operation Rectangle). Refers to an in camera debate in the States Assembly on 2 December 2008 concerning the suspension of Graham Power by the Minister for Home Affairs Andrew Lewis. Describes lodging a proposition to release the in camera debate transcript on 23 May 2012, and includes comments about the debate concerning his proposition on 26 June 2012. Includes comments about political opposition and views on politicians. Comments on the issue of assisting the public in his position as a Deputy, including a discussion about the family of an individual who had experienced difficulties with the care system in Jersey and who has sought and received his help over an extended period of time. Describes obstructions faced when dealing with Health and Social Services and related bodies during his attempts to get help for the family. Also comments on two other specific cases in which he been involved during his time as a Deputy. Comments on matters including data protection, including remarks about Emma Martins. Also discusses the issue of the abuse of political influence, citing examples including: the removal of Senator Syvret as Minister for Health and Social Services, the secret trial of Stuart Syvret, inappropriate bankruptcy proceedings, and Roy Boschat. Also comments on his experience of the Jersey Way in relation to obstruction and secrecy by the States of Jersey. Also describes the personal impact of standing up to certain issues. Describes his understanding of external reports and their implementation, referring to the Kathie Bull and Williamson reports, relating to matters associated with Children's Services. Finishes with closing comments and outlines recommendations to the Inquiry in terms of lessons to be learned within the childcare system in Jersey.

Names

Bailhache, Sir Philip
Bailhache, William
Beith, Lord Alan
Birt, Michael
Boschat, Roy
Bull, Kathie, Dr
Coverley, Carolyn, Dr
Crowcroft, Simon, Constable of St Helier
Davenport, Richard
Dennett, Phil
Egré, Colin, Deputy
Faudemer, Barry
Faulks, Lord Edward
Ferguson, Sarah, Senator
Fossey, Alison
Green, Andrew, Deputy
Gull, Stewart
Harper, Lenny
Henry, Lenny
Higgins, Michael
Hill, Bob, Deputy
Johnston, Glenys
Jouault, Richard
Le Claire, Paul, Deputy
Le Marquand, Ian, Senator
Le Sueur, Terry, Senator
Lewis, Andrew, Deputy
Lundy, Mario
Maclean, Alan, Senator
Martin, Judy, Deputy
Martins, Emma
McGovern, Catherine
Napier, Brian, QC
Ogley, Bill
Paxman, Jeremy
Perchard, Jim, Senator
Pitman, Mrs
Pitman, Trevor, Deputy
Pollard, Mike
Pontin, Sean
Power, Graham
Pryke, Anne Enid, Deputy
Pryke, Roger
Rondel, Richard, Deputy
Shenton, Ben, Senator
Smith, Mike
Sorda, Rico
Stroyen, Rachel
Syvret, Stuart, Senator
Trott, Rosemary
Walker, Frank
Warcup, David
Watson, Paul
Williamson, Andrew
Wimberley, Daniel, Deputy
Chief Minister's Department
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Children's Services
Council of Ministers
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Education Committee
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Jersey Evening Post
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Jersey Financial Services Commission
Jersey General Hospital
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Lavelle Coleman Solicitors
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Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
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Operation Rectangle
Probation Service
Property Holdings
States Greffe
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Victoria College
Victoria College Board of Governors
Voice for Children (Blog)
Wiltshire Police

Keywords

General Hospital | Haut de la Garenne | Heathfield, St Saviour | Heswall | Highlands | La Préférence, St Martin | Oxford | Poland | St Helier | St Saviour | abuse | allegations | assault | blogs | child abuse | child protection | children's homes | Children | children's services | complaints | data protection | debates | deputies | evidence | finances | IJCI | inquiries | interviews | investigations | Jersey Way | ministers | neglect | physical abuse | Police | Politics | propositions | prosecutions | reports | serious case reviews | sexual abuse | social workers | statements | suspensions | transcripts | trials | witness statements | witnesses

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1 pdf file

Language

English

Level of description

file

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Closed until

2100

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