Jersey child protection service launched

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Having an overview of child protection work in Jersey should benefit every child, according to the manager of a new service.

Linda Dodds, head of the Independent Safeguarding and Standards Service, said it was important the various agencies were co-ordinated.

She said together they hoped to achieve "better outcomes for each child".

There are currently 68 children on the Child Protection Register, and 84 in care including 12 placed in the UK.

The group was set up in response to the Williamson Report, published in 2008, into child protection services, which recommended a better resourced independent service should be set up to look after children on the Child Protection Register.

The island's previous review service had just one part-time member of staff. The new service has four full-time members of staff and access to UK-based experts.

Ms Dodds said: "We are very pleased that as a team, we are now able to offer what we hope will become a flagship independent service for children and young people in Jersey.

"The nature of our work is confidential, sensitive and complex and for this reason, it is crucial to have a dedicated team and stand-alone office space."

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