A report into the needs of those in Jersey’s care system has found teenagers feel abandoned and have been left homeless due to a lack of support from authorities.
The independent report ‘Listen Louder’ was commissioned by the Director of Children’s Policy, and sets out the case for £250,000 to be spent on creating a new charity, Jersey Cares.
The charity will aim to offer a voice to those who are in, or have left, the care system.
The Listen Louder inquiry spoke to young people who have been through the system and found repeated examples of false promises being given.
It also found that young people have had experience of a ‘revolving door’ of social workers despite being promised continuity.
One young person told the inquiry, “the care system abandons you. At 17 and 364 days you are completely vulnerable to everything.”
Another said, “my dad died when I was 16 and I was made homeless. There was no care for me.”
The Listen Louder report has produced a number of recommendations including: