Jersey Police have confirmed they have set up a special team to investigate allegations of sexual abuse of children dating back to the 1960s.
The investigation is currently focusing on Haute de la Garenne Care home and the Jersey Sea Cadets.
Both the States of Jersey and the management of the Sea Cadets are co-operating fully with the inquiry.
The allegations of physical and sexual abuse span a 40-year period dating from the 1960s.
Historical Abuse Enquiry Team
Investigators already have the names of a number of victims and witnesses, some of whom have already spoken to officers.
Over the coming weeks the team will be contacting the remaining names on the list and are asking anyone with information to contact the Historical Abuse Enquiry Team.
Within Jersey: 0800 169 1173
Outside Jersey: + 44(0)20 7825 7489
A police spokesperson said: "It is realised that this process may re-open old wounds in victims and witnesses alike.
"The police are working in partnership with the NSPCC in the UK to provide a confidential counselling service for those concerned who would like such assistance."