Former Army Press officer Colin Wallace, who was based in Belfast, has long insisted that the authorities knew boys were being systematically sodomised at the home six years before they decided to act. Former Deputy Chief Officer Lenny Harper, the senior police officer in the Haut de la Garenne abuse inquiry said, "We know from court cases and statements made to my team (during the 2008 inquiry) that children in Jersey care homes were 'loaned out’ to members of the yachting fraternity and other prominent citizens on the pretence of recreational trips but during which they were savagely abused and often raped.”
The States of Jersey Police said that in 2008 an allegation of an indecent assault by Savile at the home in the 1970s had been investigated, but there had been insufficient evidence to proceed.
Heath was also sensationally linked to a children’s home in N Ireland. The Kincora Boys’ Home was a home for working boys in Belfast that was the scene of a notorious child sex abuse scandal. The scandal first came to public attention on 3rd April 1980, when three members of staff at the home, William McGrath, Raymond Semple and Joseph Mains, were charged with several offences relating to the systematic abuse of children in their care over several years. Mains, the former warden, received a term of six years, Semple, a former assistant warden, five years, and McGrath four years.
There are also links emerging between the abuse in Jersey children’s homes and a notorious Islington children’s homes paedophile ring. Islington’s deputy children’s homes superintendent Nicholas Rabet had worked in Jersey in childcare, and he regularly took children from the Islington's council homes on camping trips to the island where Savile was photographed at the Haut de la Garenne children’s home. After being exposed by the press Rabet fled Britain to Thailand but was charged there in 2006 with abusing 30 boys. He committed suicide before he could be tried. His accomplice, Neil Hocquart, killed himself in custody in Ely, Cambridgeshire, in 1991, after being found with hundreds of paedophile videos.
When allegations were first made that there was an active paedophile ring within Islington's council homes, council leader, Margaret Hodge, refused to allocate resources for an investigation to take place. In 1990, a senior social worker, Liz Davies, and her manager, David Cofie, told Margaret Hodge, then leader of Islington council, of their suspicions that there was widespread sexual abuse of children in Islington care homes. Ms Hodge instead believed senior officials who assured her that nothing was the matter. In 1992, the London Evening Standard published extensive evidence of the abuse, which Ms Hodge denounced as "a sensationalist piece of gutter journalism".