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Digital copy of Notes of a Case Conference on Witness 197's family. [Some details redacted]. Taken from the Children's Services client file of Witness 197.

For Witness 197's witness statements to the States of Jersey Police, see ZC/D/AW1/B1/2/2/22.

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Reference ZC/D/AW1/A3/6/2/29/WD002488
Date 4 December 1971 - 30 December 1971
Scope and Content The following listed as present at the Case Conference: Miss P L Thornton [Children's Officer], Mr C H Tilbrook [Superintendent, Haut de la Garenne], Mrs M Mogg [Senior Child Care Officer], Mrs M F Smart [Child Care Officer], Mr R Davenport [Child Care Officer], Miss E de Gruchy [Headmistress, St Martin's School], Mrs M Gulliver [Child Care Officer], Miss M McDade, Miss Bloomfield, Miss Hoggarth, Mrs Blair, Miss Kidd, Miss Mohammed, Miss Scott, Mrs Hayes and Mrs Hutchinson. Refers to committal of Witness 197 and his siblings to the care of the [Education Committee] under Article 28 [Children (Jersey) Law 1969)]. Outlines history of contact with the family, including comments about housing conditions and allegations of ill-treatment of the children by [parents]. Cites impact of low intelligence of [parents] in terms of standard of childcare as reason for the reception of the children into care, noting periods spent by the children in Brig-y-Don. Refers to [parent's] admission to St Saviour's Hospital. States that children have been subjected to physical neglect. Includes comments by Miss McDade and Miss Thornton about [the mother and father], including their intelligence and employment, describing consensus of the conference about [mother's] inability to cope. Outlines timeline of care in respect of Witness 197 and his siblings, noting committal of Witness 197's siblings in April 1967 and committal of Witness 197 and [his sister] in March 1970. Refers to committal of [parent] to St Saviour's Hospital following a meeting at the Town Hall with Dr Wishart and the Constable of St Helier following increasing concern about the children. Includes comments by Mr Tilbrook about the progress of Witness 197 and his siblings at Haut de la Garenne. Includes remarks about their intelligence, possibility of finding suitable foster parents, behaviour, enuresis and health. Also includes comments by Miss de Gruchy in respect of progress of Witness 197's siblings at school. Discusses possibility of a move, mentioning comments by Mr Tilbrrok about the insecurity and vulnerability of the children. Highlights importance of keeping the children together, mentioning possibility of a future family group home placement. Also includes reference to a discussion about the future prospects for the family, noting suggestion by Mrs Smart regarding a hostel placement under supervision, noting lack of facilities available for such an arrangement. Highlights cost of keeping the children in care and discussion on children having a relationship with people outside their family circle. Finishes with recommendations of the case conference, being for the children to remain at Haut de la Garenne, Mr Davenport to look into question of outside friends for the children and consideration of the possibility of a hostel placement to be discussed with the new Children's Officer on appointment.
Names Blair, Mrs
Bloomfield, Miss
Davenport, Richard
de Gruchy, E M
Gulliver, M
Hayes, Mrs
Hoggarth, Miss
Hutchinson, Mrs
Kidd, Morag
Lowry, A E
McDade, M
Mogg, M J
Mohammed, Miss
Scott, Miss
Smart, Mary Frances
Thornton, Patricia
Tilbrook, Colin
Wishart, J W, Dr
Children's Department
Children's Services
Education Committee
Haut de la Garenne
St Martin's School
St Saviour's Hospital
Keywords abuse | care orders | case conferences | Case Notes | child protection | Child Care Officers | childcare | Children | Children's Officers | children's services | committals | court orders | doctors | Education | families | Family Group Homes | Farm work | fostering | Hospitals | Hostels | houseparents | mistreatment | neglect | negligence | Notes | physical abuse | recommendations | reports | siblings | teachers | visits | voluntary homes | witnesses
Places Brig-y-Don, Coast Road, Haut de la Garenne, St John
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Language English
Level of description File
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