It is more than a year since Community Care broke the story of how UK social worker Simon Bellwood was sacked from his job at a secure unit on Jersey after he criticised a policy of locking up children in solitary confinement.
At the time, Bellwood’s employers denied the claims, but an employment tribunal and an inquiry into his sacking earlier this year helped to vindicate him.
The strongest vindication yet will come in the findings of the Howard League for Penal Reform. The Jersey establishment can no longer deny abuses in their children’s system and must act on the evidence before them.
This article is published in the 9 October edition of Community Care under the headline “Bellwood vindicated”