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Child abuse - update from Social Affairs Policy Review Committee

 It was resolved on 18th July 2017 –

That Tynwald notes with concern reports of historical child abuse at the former Knottfield Children’s Home, which closed in 1983, and refers the matter to the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee to report by December 2017; and further instructs the Committee to investigate the adequacy of current procedures to protect from abuse children in care (looked after children) in the Isle of Man and to report in March 2018.

The Social Affairs Policy Review Committee has issued the following update on its work in relation to this resolution.

We issued a media release on 25th July 2017 in which we invited written submissions from anyone who would like to comment on these matters. We are grateful to those who have already made submissions.

If there are others who think that they have been overlooked, if there are people who have not taken the opportunity up until now to make their point, then we would welcome those views and will treat them with sensitivity and respect. If you want to talk to us in private, we are happy to accommodate that. We will not publish any information relating to an individual case without the consent of the individual concerned. If, however, you wish to say something on the public record that can also be arranged.

We want to make it easy for people to talk to us. You do not need to be able to make a detailed written submission in order to be heard. If you would like to talk to us you can contact the clerk of the inquiry, Jonathan King, by phone on 686303. Because of the timescales set for our work by Tynwald, we would ask you to get in touch before the end of September.

If you do come and talk to us you can bring another person or persons in support. If there is anything else we can do to make it easier to come forward, please let us know.

Meanwhile we have to announce that Mr Martyn Perkins MHK has decided not to participate in this inquiry because his daughter, Detective Constable Emily Perkins, is a member of the Public Protection Unit of the Isle of Man Constabulary and has played a part in certain criminal investigations relevant to the Committee’s work. The Committee as a whole supports this decision. The inquiry will be taken forward by the other two Members of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee, namely Mr David Cretney MLC (chair) and Mr David Ashford MHK.


Jonathan King
Clerk of the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 3PW
01624 686303


Published - 11/09/2017