The astonishing thing regarding the exchange holidays for care home children that took place between the child abuse hot spots of Islington care homes and Haut de la Garenne in Jersey is the distinct lack of evidence.
The exchange trips took place and yet there appears to be no official record. That lack of bureaucratic paperwork in itself raises extremely disturbing questions, regardless of whether child abuse took place, as former residents claim.
How can young children be transported from one local authority across the English Channel to another without any record of the trips existing ?
Either the exchange trips did not take place (yet we know they did) or someone has been extremely careless or negligent with the paperwork.
THESE may look like the kind of postcards you’d find in any British holiday town. A relic of fun memories. To child abuse campaigners, however, these are a smoking gun. For the first time they provide solid evidence that children from Islington’s homes in the 1970s were sent on trips to Jersey, in an exchange programme with children from the notorious Haut de la Garenne home, where widespread abuse took place.
Establishing that children from Islington were indeed sent to Jersey on exchange trips – as has long been claimed – is another piece of the jigsaw that creates a picture of a child abuse ring operating in the UK, with children passed around the country.
It has been established by many independent inquiries that child abuse took place in all of Islington’s 12 children’s homes during this period.
Islington Council has no official records that children in its homes in the 1970s and 80s were ever sent to Jersey on official visits, as all the documents have been destroyed. Circumstantial evidence has been there, however.