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Digital copy of Witness 803's [witness statement to the Inquiry] providing an account of her experiences at home and in Care with foster parents, and at Heathfield Children's Home. [Some details redacted].

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Reference ZC/D/AW1/B1/59/WS000689
Date 29 November 2015
Scope and Content Background and Home Life Refers to birth during 1977, and early life with mother, maternal grandmother, and great grandmother who were unable to cope with Witness 803's care. Institutions Refers to initial foster placement before being transferrred to Haut de la Garenne between the ages of 1 and 2. Provides details of second foster placement lasting until Witness 803 was 14. Refers to the divorce of her foster parents when Witness 803 was 7, explaining that thereafter she lived with both foster parents at their individual houses. Refers to transfer to Heathfield Children's Home at the age of 14, and later foster placement at the age of 15. Recalls living on the couches of other people between the ages of 15 and 17, before living at another address whilst she was 18. Recalls placement in a home for struggling teenagers at the age of 19, and living as a lodger aged 20 prior to meeting her first husband. Social Services Recalls visit to Children's Services during timeline of abuse, and a statement made to Children's Services that was videod. Does not recall action being taken as a result of Witness 803's statement. Names Children's Officer [Child Care Officer] Vicky Rice, and recalls going out with Vicky Rice for cakes and treats. Abuse and Consequences Provides details of neglect and emotional, physical, and sexual abuse throughout childhood and adolescence. Provides details of emotional and physical abuse, and domestic abuse, as an adult. Events since leaving Care Provides details of abusive relationship, and Witness 803's decision to leave the relationship and Jersey after the age of 23. Refers to the death of an individual when Witness 803 was 32, noting that the individual wrote Witness 803 and another individual out of his will. Provides details of marriages to a man believed to have been unfaithful to Witness 803, and a man who was an alcoholic gambler who abused Witness 803. Refers to miscarriage and the death of a baby in the bath. Comments on difficulties experienced by children who are adopted, and failings in the vetting process regarding potential adoptive parents. Comments on need for reports of abuse to be taken seriously. Refers to health problems as a result of attempts to compensate for abuse, and difficulties in her relationships with her husband and friends. States that she has been let down by the Children's Service. Suggests improvements to be taken to protect children in future, mentioning listening to children, vetting adults who will be interacting with children, and the corruption of the Police.
Names Children's Services
Heathfield Children's Home
States of Jersey Police
States of Jersey
Social Services
Rice, Vicky
Keywords admissions | abuse | Babies | baths | Child Care Officers | children's homes | childcare | child abuse | corruption | Children | children's services | deaths | domestic abuse | drowning | enuresis | evidence | emotional abuse | fostering | foster parents | fathers | grandparents | IJCI | Marriage | mothers | Pregnancy | Police | physical abuse | sexual abuse | residents | Schools | statements | witness statements | witnesses
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Language English
Level of description File
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Digital copy of Witness 803's [witness statement to the Inquiry] providing an account of her experiences at home and in Care with foster parents, and at Heathfield Children's Home. [Some details redacted].


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