Then in 2013, the States Assembly agreed terms of reference for a public inquiry to carry out a wide-ranging investigation into the historical abuse in Jersey. The most notorious of them was Haut de la Garenne, dubbed “the house of horrors”, where hundreds of crimes were carried out over decades before it was shut in the 1980s. Paedophile Jimmy Savile was implicated in the home’s shady past, with an allegation received by police in 2008 that an indecent assault occurred there in the 1970s. But it was decided there was insufficient evidence to proceed.The States of Jersey asked the inquiry to probe the abuse and mistreatment of youngsters placed in children’s homes and in foster care on the island from the Second World War.In December 2010, the island’s chief minister Terry Le Sueur issued a formal apology to all victims who suffered in the states’ residential care system.The apology followed the end of an investigation by the States of Jersey Police, codenamed Operation Rectangle, into historical child sexual, emotional and physical abuse in institutions.The probe reported 553 alleged offences between September 2007 and December 2010 – and most, 315, were reported to have been committed at the Haut de la Garenne.Police identified 151 named offenders and 192 victims but just eight people were prosecuted for 145 offences, with seven convictions. Four of them related to Haut de la Garenne.The probe left the reputation of the island’s police tarnished with claims of murders at Haut de la Garenne made in 2008 later discredited after a piece of “skull” was found to be coconut and what had been called “punishment rooms” where children were tortured were found to be too small for an adult to stand up in. The notorious Haut de la Garenne children’s home in Jersey should be demolished, a long-awaited report into abuse and mistreatment of youngsters on the island has recommended.In its final report the inquiry, chaired by Frances Oldham QC, said the buildings were “a reminder of an unhappy past or shameful history for many people”. It added that “consideration [should] be given as to how the buildings can be demolished and that any youth or outdoor activity or services for children located on the site should be in modern buildings bearing no resemblance to what went before”. The report found that the care system on the island had been dogged by long-running failings caused by “state indifference” and a failure to keep up with modern social care practice. There was “an absence of political and professional will to set or monitor standards of care”, it said, and the island’s care homes did not develop the standards which were widespread in the rest of the world. Multiple children’s homes are criticised by the report, which found that some of them subjected children to an “abusive” regime which was devoid of affection and did not prioritise their wellbeing and happiness. The report concludes: “Unsuitable people who were appointed to management roles, often on the basis of local connections, lacked the leadership skills to manage and raise practice standards and had little up-to-date knowledge of child care theory and practice. Police forensics officers inside the former Haut de la Garenne children’s home in February 2008Credit:EDDIE MULHOLLAND for The Telegraph Jane and Alan Maguire were charged with abusing children but police dropped the case in 1998 due to a lack of evidence.Another school, Les Chênes was “managed in a strict and physically dominant way”, it said. Child protection groups said recommendations including a new Commissioner for Children and Children’s Rights Officer, and an “empowered” inspectorate making regular inspections of children’s homes should be “implemented without delay”.The report also said that Jersey’s residency rules could be relaxed to make finding quality staff easier, and new legislation should be introduced to ensure that the island keeps up-to-date with neighbouring countries. An spokesman for the NSPCC said: “Appallingly children who spoke out about abuse were not listened to and those in authority failed to act as part of a culture of fear. Recommendations to improve Jersey’s care systems were not just missed but were ignored.”The inquiry was set up to establish what went wrong over many years in the care system on the island, which has been rocked by horrific revelations of sex abuse against children in care. It added that Mrs Maguire’s friendship with senior child care officer Brenda Chappell was “unprofessional” because it prevented proper scrutiny of the home. Jimmy Savile was implicated in the shady past of Haut de la Garenne children’s homeCredit:Alex Maguire/REX/Shutterstock Police searching the former Haut de la Garenne children’s home in 2008Credit:EDDIE MULHOLLAND for The Telegraph The most notorious of the Jersey children’s homes was Haut de la Garenne, dubbed ‘the house of horrors’Credit:Anthony Devlin/PA “As a result, ill-suited carers continued to look after children in unsuitable facilities, using outdated practices. The consequences for the children in their care were devastating and, in many instances, lifelong”. There was also no way for children to report allegations of abuse until the 1990s, and many were too afraid to speak out, it said, and a “patrician and hierarchical” society in which “children in care were marginalised” contributed to a culture of disbelief. Recommendations in multiple reports commissioned into what happened in the Jersey care system have been ignored, it added.In Jersey Home for Boys and Jersey Home for Girls, children were subject to a regime in the late 1950s that had been substantially unchanged since 1924. Children were subject to “cruel and degrading punishments” such as being “humiliated and beaten with nettles for bedwetting”, the report found.At one of the most notorious care homes, Blanche Pierre, children lived in an “oppressive and fearful” environment, and house parents Jane and Alan Maguire had an “inexcusable” approach to bedwetting which constituted “humiliating and degrading treatment”, it said. Inquiry chair Frances Oldham QC promised a “robust and fearless” examination of what went wrong and to find answers for the victims.At a preliminary hearing in 2014, Ms Oldham said they would investigate what abuse took place, whether it was reported and what was done, and whether abuse was covered up.She also promised to review the actions of the police, the justice system, politicians and the various government agencies to consider how each responded to child abuse in Jersey.Three phases of hearings were held in public in St Helier between July 2014 and June 2016. 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