Jersey Cares Response to the Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022 and Draft Guidance

Jerseycares | January 17, 2023

In 2022 Jersey Government passed a new law, the Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022. The law talks about supporting wellbeing for all children and young people. It talks specifically about wellbeing and support for care leavers and children in care – who should provide it and who is entitled to it.

This new law is very important because it will guide how well children and young people are supported and enabled to thrive. The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (IJCI) said that there needs to be better guidance and legislation about helping children and families early (‘early intervention’).* They noted that in Jersey law this was not in place and recommended that new laws and guidance for the interests, safety and wellbeing of children should be as up to date as possible.

The Government has now made draft guidance to explain to people how to do what the new law says they should do. This includes telling professionals (called ‘providers’ in the law) how to work together and look after the wellbeing of children.

The Government has asked for feedback on this new guidance. Alongside the Jersey Child Care Trust (JCCT) we have written our feedback based on what we have learnt from advocacy and JCCT’s work with families. We have provided feedback on both the law and the guidance recognising that the law is the ‘root’.  You can read our feedback here.

*“There is currently in Jersey no statutory provision in respect of preventative measures, thresholds for intervention, rights and needs of children, all supported by robust practice guidance that assists professionals (social workers, jurists, probation officers and others) in the day-to-day application of the law.” – 2017, Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, 12.50


Update May 2023

We were disappointed that the feedback response did not, by and large, respond to our submission. Given that these concerns remain, we are considering our next steps. Please do get in touch if you would like to join us in this regard.

Carly Glover

It is a privilege to hold this role with Jersey Cares. It breaks my heart that children can move from a tricky situation at home to a ‘system’ where too often bureaucracy and processes don’t leave enough room for a secure childhood. There are great examples of tenacious people who help create such a childhood and we need to learn from those examples just as we need to acknowledge and address the repetitious and predictable flaws in the current ‘system’.

I believe fervently that it is possible, here in Jersey, for ‘care’ to be excellent. It is my strongest hope that Jersey Cares is a catalyst for more people to support more children to be loved and cared for and that ‘care’, in Jersey, is shaped by deep reflection on lived experience.

I have worked in community development for 20 years; 10 of those in leadership roles. I’ve worked with people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, struggling with literacy and being a parent and co-created projects with people affected by these issues. I hold a Post-graduate certificate and a Masters in Community Education from the University of Edinburgh.

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