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Digital copy of Witness 74's witness statement to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences at Haut de la Garenne and in foster care. [Some details redacted].

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Reference ZC/D/AW1/B3/13/WS000013
Date 5 August 2014
Scope and Content Background and Home Life Gives details of background and early years. Born in 1961. Witness 74’s mother leaves Jersey for England shortly after his birth and consequently placed in Westaway Crèche as a baby. Recollections of brief second spell at Westaway Crèche aged 3 or 4. Fostered by a couple, and later adopted aged 4 or 5. Recalls change of atmosphere in family home after adoptive parents had a child, describing favouritism shown towards biological child. Recollections of regular visits by adoptive parents during initial time at Haut de la Garenne, including spending weekends and Christmas at home. Details of fracturing of relationship between Witness 74 and adoptive parents leading to visits becoming increasingly infrequent. Institutions Includes references to his time in foster care and at Westaway Crèche, Haut de la Garenne, St Mark’s School, Grouville School and St Helier Boys’ School. Lived at Haut de la Garenne between the ages of 9 and 15. Includes descriptions of the property, regime, discipline and staff mentioning Morag Jordan, Colin Tilbrook (Superintendent). Also includes recollections of other children in residence at the time. Moved to B Group after one year at Haut de la Garenne. Provides description of the property, demographic of children in B Group and descriptions of staff including housemaster Morag Jordan. Includes positive recollections of a married couple employed at Haut de la Garenne. Recollections of attending St Mark’s School upon arrival at Haut de la Garenne. Moved to Grouville School after adoptive mother phoned Haut de la Garenne to report him for visiting her during his school lunchbreaks. Also attended St Helier Boys’ School. Describes stigma attached to children at Haut de la Garenne with respect to difficulties making friends at school. Descriptions of truancy from school. Moved to seniors group at Haut de la Garenne aged 13. Provides description of the property, daily routine, increased independence and staff mentioning Gordon Wateridge. Recollections of children running away from Haut de la Garenne only to be returned to the home immediately by police. Children’s Services Refers to doubts concerning adoptive mother’s suitability to adopt raised in a report by P V James [V P James] in 1966 [C/D/AW1/A1/10/WD000092/2]. Questions why adoption was allowed to go ahead by Children’s Services in light of this report. Includes vague recollections of Ms [Patricia] Thornton as Children’s Officer. Recalls seeing Thornton infrequently and includes negative assessment with respect to her attitude towards children. Describes unhappiness with foster family and subsequently running away aged 9. Gives details of subsequent meeting with Thornton and move to Haut de la Garenne. Names Mr [Richard] Davenport as their Child Care Officer during their time at Haut de la Garenne. Recollections of chance interactions between Davenport and Witness 74’s biological mother resulting in Davenport revealing to her that Witness 74 was her son. Subsequently moved to England to live with mother aged 15 for six months, describing fractured relationship with siblings and mother’s husband. Recalls lack of intervention by Children’s Services. Abuse and Consequences Gives details of violence and physical abuse by adoptive father towards Witness 74 and adoptive mother. Descriptions of physical and emotional abuse by Morag Jordan. Recalls an intimidating atmosphere of fear and terror when in Jordan’s presence, and being routinely humiliated by her in front of other children. Recollections of people reporting abuse to Colin Tilbrook, Superintendent at Haut de la Garenne, who subsequently dismissed any complaints made to him. Recollections of Jimmy Savile visiting Haut de la Garenne. Description of physical abuse by headmaster, referencing caning as reaction to Witness 74 acting truant. Descriptions of sexual abuse by Tony Watton starting from age of 11 and continuing until he left Jersey aged 15. Gives details of Watton’s appearances at Haut de la Garenne, referring to his relationship with Morag [Kidd]. Recalls sexual abuse as always taking place at Watton’s [Studio 18] art gallery in St Helier. States belief that Morag [Kidd] knew of abuse by Watton. Describes experiencing and witnessing physical abuse by Gordon Wateridge between 1974 and 1976. Descriptions of detention cells in Aviemore at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning physical abuse and neglect by Wateridge. Recalls seeing children in cells on a regular basis. Refers to cellar area at Haut de la Garenne that contained a stone bath, locating it as directly underneath his bedroom in B group. Discusses cellar in relation to rumours surrounding the disappearance of children from Haut de la Garenne. Suffered no sexual abuse by staff at Haut de la Garenne but states knowledge of such abuse having taken place towards other children in residence. Events since leaving Care Gives details of leaving school aged 15 and holding a number of jobs. Recollections of discharge from Haut de la Garenne, referring to a lack of formal process or checks with respect to their future plans. Moved to England to live with biological mother for six months followed by a period of homelessness spent staying in hostels. Describes change in personality accompanied by drinking and drug use. Completed two-year rehabilitation programme aged 31 and married. Describes problematic marriage from point of birth of first child due to Witness 74’s lack of involvement or personal contact with his children. Attributes struggles with caring for own children and breakdown of marriage to the treatment they experienced as a child. Recollections of seeing television coverage about Haut de la Garenne and subsequently opening up about the abuse they suffered to his wife. Describes harassment by national press mentioning a news editor at The Sun. Describes decision to give evidence to the police on two separate occasions in 2008 [C/D/AW1/A1/1/WD000092/1] and the psychological impact that this experience had on him. Recollections of police interview process, describing trauma associated with first interview and the police’s specific focus on Morag [Kidd] during the second interview. Describes reaction to learning of Tony Watton’s arrest and suicide. Also refers to convictions and imprisonment of Morag [Kidd] and Gordon [Wateridge]. Cites lack of apology from the States of Jersey and Chief Minister as reason behind decision to enter into the redress scheme. Statement finishes with the Witness’s reflection on their experiences whilst under the care of the States of Jersey, including a list of recommendations with respect to child care services in Jersey. Describes need for the implementation of processes, the creation of an independent body that children can trust and talk to, more stringent measures regarding employment in child care services, and supervision and accountability.
Names Davenport, Richard
James, V P
Jordan, Morag Louise, née Kidd
Savile, Jimmy
Thornton, Patricia
Tilbrook, Colin
Wateridge, Gordon Claude
Watton, Tony
Children's Services
Grouville School
Haut de la Garenne
Operation Rectangle
St Helier Boys' School
St Mark's School
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Studio 18
The Sun
Westaway Crèche
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Language English
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