Friday, 4 July 2008

Williamson - The Report


Anonymous said...

waited up to read the report. Not worth the 50K allegedly spent on it or the fact that I lost an hour beauty sleep. Disappointed in the lack of content in the report . Fuzzy thinking - no depth - wishy washy ..........But it was to be expected
Wandrew Billionson

Anonymous said...

third rate. Waste of time. This has taken how long to produce - shameful. Zz

Anonymous said...

almost a year to produce at a cost of £50,000 pounds to the taxpayer,
what a disapointment

Anonymous said...

That has got to be one of the most expensive pieces of toilet paper I've seen.

Mind you, how much did Frank walkers birth certificate cost?

Frank Talker.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Simon for taking the time to get the report onto your blog.

50k for a report that says
nothing.. Again the people who did come forward to discuss concerns were dismissed as being disgruntled because of the nature of child protection..


Anonymous said...

Note the Williamson report makes reference to the Bull report. It didnt mention whether the Bull recommendations had been implemented and what progress if any had been made in the intervening years.

I note H&SS obvious influences in the recommendations - drawing the child protection agencies together. This is probably an attempt to get Family Nursing subsumed into H&SS.

The old cliche of a small island was used to qualify the practise of isolation (oops sorry - integration and assessment).

Why do kids have to strip and shower on admission and be given unit clothes. Control and removal of identity. Of course I'm no expert so I wouldn't understand therapeutic interventions. Sounds a bit like a prison regime to me.No comment on an adult prison guards influence

No mention of the child detained without a court order

No problems identified, no kids at risk

So the grooming and voluntary dismissal of a previous care worker didn't happen

Not one concern - no institutionalised malignant behaviour, no bullying, no verbal or sexual abuse.

Too good to be true?
Who knows - we got the report somebody wanted.
Whether it's a true reflection of the state of services is anybody's guess.

Willie Whitewash

Anonymous said...

So reading between the lines:

The Childrens Executive failed - even though loads of money was thrown at it after the KB report.

Yes, allegedly there has been abuse but that was only reported by the abusers - and you cant really believe that (and it was not within the remit of this report).

Yes, possibly the Grand Prix system was used and abused - but not now - so thats ok then.

There is a complete lack of accountability throughout the service although it costs a fortune.

Greenfields is a state of the art resource but hardly used.

We need external "independent" two yearly inspection - that will keep AW in the money for a few years then.

But, it is ok , a new Minister will resolve all. Not going to happen - if the events over the last weeks are anything to go by.

The lack of accountability with in the Council of Ministers is evident daily.

Accountability - sorry they talk the talk but that is where it stops.

Where does the buck stop?


Anonymous said...

We was robbed!

Bet he can't wait to hot foot it out of Jersey with his wad and shake off this little charade.

My son of 12 could have presented a better report.

TonyB said...

I see one of his recommendations was to develop a whistleblowing policy, but his report (which I have only skimmed) does not seem to touch on that. Where does that come from then? Out of thin air?

Anonymous said...


Thank you for posting the Williams report - at least you gave it in its full 'glory' rather than sanitising it like the JEP, BBc Jersey etc. Reading between the lines there are a number of highly significant criticisms that the establishment press have happily ignored. I will post on these later but for the moment could you please re post page 14 as this is missing (page 13 is posted twice). This page refers to CAMHS and their part in all of this - think it might be important to see the mental health aspect given the implied criticism in todays JEP about the mental health services. Once again thank you for your service to the public - interesting H&SS haven't made the whole report public!

Anonymous said...

Tony B mentions a whistle blowers policy. This is a timely comment

I would refer readers of the blog to tonight's JEP (page 7 and letters page 12)

The JEP reports the launch of an independent inquiry into the care of a father of two who committed suicide.
Mike Ritson who was found hanged at his home in March of this year.

At an inquest last month, his wife blamed consultant Dr John Sharkey for her husband's death and claimed he had failed to treat correctly

The directorate manager of mental health states that the premature death of a loved one is always painful.
He also states that a report undertaken before Mr Ritson's death found Dr Sharkey to be a good clinician.

Why is an investigation taking place 4 months after the event. Could it be that the hospital management don't recognise a problem may exist.

Interestingly a Dr Blackwood (letters page 12) writes that the report quoted by the manager was prepared a year before the death of Mr Ritson. Furthermore Dr Blackwood points out the report presented has been discredited

This discredit was accepted at Dr Blackwood's disciplinary hearing Dr Blackwood states he was facing a disciplinary for bullying after raising concerns about the clinical care of Mr Ritson.

So the hospital management present a discredited report to an inquest. A report which was prepared a year before the death of Mr Ritson.

Is Dr Sharkey still practising or has he been suspended pending this investigation?

Four months after the death of a person the hospital announce an investigation will be launched - why the delay

How accepting senior management seem to be that nothing needed to be done before now.

Mr Ritson's family have experienced a terrible tragedy, they don't deserve the cold indifference in which the event has been ignored by hospital management


Anonymous said...

The Williamson reference to an island wide strategy on bullying is interesting and naturally links into the concept of freedom as victims are not physiologically (emotionally, sexually or physically) ‘free people’. Many victim just live with their experiences and may go on to learn strategies to cope / block / avoid etc. Others do not cope. It is well documented that victims share similar ‘re-victimisation by the state’ experiences. Here is another example of such.
13 years ago I left a job where I was happy. Since then I have worked 1 post in finance and 3 posts public departments. In the finance job I was so badly bullied that I went to see JACS. I was deeply shocked by the interviewers’ lack of listening skills, the useless information I was given and the appalling way I was spoken to. I came out even more of a nervous wreck. What I also didn’t like was the way that the interviewer lit up a cigar up without asking if I objected or not. Ok, in 2002 it was before the smoking ban was in place but it really added to the feeling like I wasn’t worthy of any respect at all. Since then I worked for one States department where I’m not aware of any bullying and another where I was bullied and left. I didn’t challenge it because the JACS memory was still very vivid. This department had a very high staff turn over rate. About 18 months after leaving, I bumped into a former colleague who mentioned leaving for the same reason and (apparently) so had many other team members. I can’t go into detail about the recent episode in yet another department suffice to say it goes upwards. Bullying seems so rife in Jersey which is such a pity as not only is it unnecessary and avoidable, its harmful effects reach beyond the individual to their families and social networks. Williamson's report may be thin but at least his reference to an island wide bullying strategy, clear lines of accountability and restorative justice seem like 3 good (over-due) things he has picked up on.

Anonymous said...


I have spoken to many staff at the childrens service who gave Mr Williamson significant evidence of the state of the service, past and present.

His report obviously is not direct enough, as The States of Jersey, JEP, BBC etc have managed to put such a positive spin on it.

Its just disappointing that the report lacked depth and no accountability.

I thought The States did have a whistleblowing policy?
Its useless, so why didnt Williamson say that.

The management of many departments seem to be rife with Bullies, so why didnt Williamson say that.

Did Williamson follow your complaint or tribunal?

Is community care mag going to cover this fiasco?

So the childrens executive have not been clear about the role? So, after almost 5 years of high salaries and all their experince they still have not worked out what is required.