The Jersey Care Commission has launched a public consultation to ask Jersey Islanders for their views on ten sets of draft Standards for services to Children and Young people.
New regulations supporting the Regulation of Care (Jersey) Law 2014 are to be introduced next year. These changes will extend independent regulation to include ten specific services provided to children and young people which have not been previously regulated.
The Jersey Care Commission, as the independent regulator, is responsible for regulating and inspecting these services and has prepared the draft Standards which the services will have to follow. Each set of services will need to be able to demonstrate that they are meeting these Standards during their inspections. The draft Standards are being shared as part of a consultation process to allow Islanders the opportunity to feedback their views on them ahead of the formal introduction of the new Regulations.
Becky Sherrington (pictured), Chief Inspector said: “This is an important time for the Island. The introduction of independent regulation of statutory children’s services in Jersey will provide independent assurance, promote best practice, and improve outcomes for children and young people.
“We are asking for Islanders views on the draft standards and whilst anyone is welcome to offer feedback, we are particularly interested to hear from people who receive and provide care in each of these settings. The purpose of the consultation is to ensure that the Standards are appropriate, fit for purpose and sufficiently robust.”
During the three-month consultation period, two draft Standards will be released at a time, until all have been made available. Feedback can be provided online or alternatively people are asked to contact the Jersey Care Commission should they require a different method of sharing their views.