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Where Can I Go For Advice?

Fellow Deputies are a good source of general advice on how to manage constituency work. But if you’re looking for advice on a specific case, remember that you need to treat the information your constituent has shared with you as confidential, and ask their permission before discussing it with anyone else. You can say: “I need to speak to X in order to understand this a bit better / to find out what support is available for you – is it OK if I share your name / the details you’ve sent me?”

The kind of people you might want to approach for information or advice are fellow Deputies, people who work in the public sector (in areas relating to the person’s concern), or possibly even voluntary organisations that might be able to offer help. Just be clear about who you’ll be sharing your constituent’s information with, and why, and make sure that you have their consent to do so. (Keep a record, if you can. If you have an email trail, that’s straightforward – if your conversation takes place in person or over the phone, you may want to keep a note of it.)

The person may say no to sharing their information with a given individual or organisation, and then you can choose if you want to offer an alternative – “You don’t want me to talking to X, but is there someone else who you would be comfortable with me talking to?” – or just to say that you’re sorry, but if you’re not able to discuss this with people who might be able to help, there’s probably nothing more you can do.

The one exception to this, I think, is if the person tells you something which makes you fear that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk. I would strongly encourage you to get general advice at the outset of your time in the States, perhaps from the senior officers who support you as States Members, as to how you can handle that sort of situation, so that if it happens to you in practice, you are already prepared.

Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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