Governor ‘failed to act on urgent warnings’

Governor Mark Capes was given urgent warnings of problems with social work and legal problems on St Helena and Ascension Island – and failed to act on them. As a result, Claire Gannon arrived to take up her social services post and found “chaos”, says the Wass Report into the handling of child abuse on […]

Gannon found ‘chaos’ after governor left island without social worker

Claire Gannon arrived to find chaos and a lack of staff in St Helena’s social services department thanks to government failures to take recruitment seriously, the Wass Report says. Governor Mark Capes failed to act on a warning that the only qualified social worker was about to leave the island in 2011 and needed to […]

£1.2m buys training, resources and results – SHG

An extra £1.2 million from the UK in 2015 has helped fund a series of measures to protect children and care for victims of sex abuse. St Helena Online asked the island government to detail measures taken to improve safeguarding of vulnerable people since concerns became public.  They include: A new safeguarding directorate two refurbished family centres […]

New safeguarding boss promises action and support for victims

A new Safeguarding body on St Helena is already reported to be bringing new concerns to light, two months after it was set up to protect people from abuse and violence. A specialist detective now works solely on sex and domestic violence cases, and two new protection officers are helping to improve the management of offenders. […]

Christmas reflection on a year of tribulations and triumphs

Sean Burns, the Acting Governor of St Helena, has issued the following Christmas message:  When we found out that we were coming to St Helena, our friends on Tristan assured us of a warm welcome. We were not disappointed. It was astonishing how many people here approached us in the street to welcome us and […]