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Digital copy of Witness 901'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/B1/62/WS000705
Date 26 November 2015
Scope and Content Background and Home Life Refers to birth during 1977, and early life with young mother, maternal grandmother, and great grandmother who were unable to cope with Witness 901's care. Institutions Refers to initial foster placement in 1977 before being transferred to Haut de la Garenne in 1978. Provides details of second foster placement lasting between 1978 and 1981, following Witness 901's adoption in 1981. Refers to placement at Heathfield Children's Home at the age of 13 or 14, before a fostering placement at the age of 15, and a transfer to St Mark's Hostel between the ages of 16 and 17. Refers to transfer to the La Chasse Mother and Baby Unit between the ages of 17 and 18. Refers to being thrown out of the house by [her alcoholic adoptive father] the night before one of Witness 901's GCSEs [General Certificates of Secondary Education], and recalls being collected by the Police. Social Services Recalls interview with Children's Services relating to the behaviour of an individual towards Witness 901 and another child. Recalls the other child having a Child Psychologist. Contacted Children's Services around the age of 21 regarding Witness 901's Children's Services client file. Recalls being provided with an orange scrapbook, and Children's Services' lack of information regarding decisions made regarding Witness 901's adoption. Recalls Children's Services' admission that they were aware of an individual's alcoholism prior to his adoption of Witness 901. Describes feelings of hurt and anger following this contact. Abuse and Consequences Provides details of neglect and emotional, physical, and sexual abuse throughout childhood and adolescence, also mentioning abuse of [sister]. Refers to emotional abuse due to accusations made regarding Witness 901 and her mother's behaviour. Events since leaving Care Refers to presence at a riding stable at the age of 23. Recalls hot coffee being thrown by an individual. Refers to an individual's death. Criticises neglectful fostering and adoption process that allowed an individual with a known alcohol problem to adopt children. Comments on the individual's job leading to the possibility that appropraite background checks were not made prior to adoption. Comments that due to being kept in Jersey with [her sister], Witness 901 was able to meet her family after the age of 15. Recalls babysitting for her family, and being exposed to their drinking and partying lifestyle. Refers to the investigation into Haute De La Garren [Haut de la Garenne], and Witness 901 and [her sister] speaking to [States of Jersey] Police about their experiences in Care. Comments on unwillingness to upset others by allowing Police to interview their adoptive family, and decision not to continue speaking with Police about their experiences.
Names Children's Services
Heathfield Children's Home
Haut de la Garenne
La Chasse Centre
States of Jersey Police
States of Jersey
Social Services
Keywords admissions | abuse | adoption | alcoholism | Babies | children's homes | childcare | child abuse | Children | children's services | Drinking | deaths | enuresis | evidence | Education | emotional abuse | fostering | foster parents | grandparents | IJCI | mothers | psychologists | Police | physical abuse | sexual abuse | Sisters | statements | witness statements | witnesses
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Language English
Level of description File
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Digital copy of Witness 901'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].

ZC/D/AW1/B1/62/WS000705

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