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Digital copy of Exhibit BT22: an individual's witnesss statement to the Inquiry providing an account of his employment at Haut de la Garenne, response to allegations of abuse made against him relating to the time he was at Haut de la Garenne, and his involvement with Operation Rectangle. [Some details redacted]. For Deputy Chief Officer Barry Taylor's statement to the Inquiry dated 29 February 2016, see ZC/D/AW4/B1/3/WS000740.

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Reference ZC/D/AW4/A4/2/WD009417/22
Date 2015
Scope and Content Outlines reason for providing the statement in order to assist the Inquiry as a former employee of Haut de la Garenne and to discuss his involvement with Haut de la Garenne and Operation Rectangle. Expresses anger at his employer and the Police for their attitude towards victims of false allegations of abuse and requests the Inquiry consider the number of alleged victims versus the number of alleged perpetrators in respect of the viability of allegations. Haut de la Garenne Provides details of two placements at Haut de la Garenne from the age of 16. States that he completed a placement at Haut de la Garenne in 1975, noting that the placement was originally for 6 weeks but was extended to a further period of 10 weeks due to staff shortages at Haut de la Garenne. Includes remarks about the placement, referring to his attachment to a particular unit, relationship with other staff and children and details of his role which involved looking after the children with no administrative duties. Refers to his appointment to the post of Residential Child Care Officer at Haut de la Garenne in October 1979. Refers to his application form for the position and details of his interview with Charlie Smith (Head of Children’s Services), Jim Thomson (Superintendent, Haut de la Garenne) and a female politician who knew his mother. States that he started his employment at Haut de la Garenne on 1 December 1979, referring to a letter confirming this and minutes of a meeting confirming his appointment. Refers to placement as a junior member of staff. Includes recollections of Haut de la Garenne, commenting on its rural setting, fluctuation of the number of children resident due to different length of stays, seasonal fluctuation and exceptional circumstances. Refers to the introduction of summer schemes and play schemes by the Children’s Service to regulate seasonal fluctuation of resident numbers. Includes details of the admission procedure at Haut de la Garenne, referring to a medical examination, placement into a unit and attempts to keep family groups together. Refers to the separation of boys’ and girls’ rooms at Haut de la Garenne in each of the units and comments on remarks by Jim Thomson in a memorandum reflecting on two main categories of the child population at Haut de la Garenne: children with problems or problem children and children whose parents pose special problems. Describes daily life at Haut de la Garenne as normal, referring to annual holidays for the children, celebrations at Easter and Christmas and attempts by staff to create a better atmosphere for children, referring to annual show by staff. States that most of the children attended Le Rocquier School, asserting that the children received less favourable treatment than their counterparts who were not in care. Recalls that tutors would attend Haut de la Garenne to tutor girls who had serious behavioural issues and were not allowed to attend any school. Describes atmosphere at Haut de la Garenne as philanthropic. Refers to a rule book introduced [by a Superintendent] at Haut de la Garenne commenting on the positive atmosphere at Haut de la Garenne during his regime. Recalls that the children and staff had a lot of respect for this staff member, commenting on his personality. Describes being told that [this Superintendent] wanted more money to be put into staff training at Haut de la Garenne and left when this was not forthcoming. Refers to Jim Thomson’s regime as Superintendent at Haut de la Garenne in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Includes remarks about Jim Thomson, noting that he was a qualified Child Care Officer, recalling that he began drinking heavily after he lost his wife. Recalls one incident when a child was caned by Jim Thomson, commenting on the veracity of allegations of abuse against Jim Thomson. Notes that during Jim Thomson’s time as Superintendent, the use of corporal punishment was still in force. Includes recollections of other staff at Haut de la Garenne, noting that some staff lived in staff flats, with the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Matron each having individual flats. Notes that the age of staff ranged from 18 to near retirement age, most were qualified to work with children, with many coming to Jersey from the United Kingdom. Also includes recollections of domestics at the Home and doctors on call if required, commenting on regularity of medical assessments of children. Includes general comments about the staff, recalling that some married couples worked there who lived in with their children. States that he never witnessed any politicians attending Haut de la Garenne and outlines belief that committee meetings would take place at Highlands rather than Haut de la Garenne. Recalls visits by the Children’s Officer at Christmas and comments on reports that Jimmy Savile attended a fête at Haut de la Garenne, stating to be unaware of this. States that there was no system of monitoring or recording visitors to Haut de la Garenne, recalling occasional visits by church ministers including the Reverend Jeff Baker. Notes that partners of staff would visit Haut de la Garenne but go straight to the staff flats. Also comments on policy in place regarding visitors taking children out on trips, asserting to have no recollection of Henry Fleming. Includes comments about the use of corporal punishment at Haut de la Garenne, referring to its legal status in the 1970s. Refers to being permitted to smack children for misbehaviour and states that only the Superintendent could cane children. Comments on the regularity of caning and smacking whilst he was at Haut de la Garenne. Comments on memoranda between Children’s Services and staff at Haut de la Garenne outlining incidents of corporal punishment and a memorandum from Jim Thomson to Charles Smith outlining the disciplinary code at Haut de la Garenne. Also comments on changes in attitudes to corporal punishment whilst he was working at Haut de la Garenne, referring to an Act of Committee passed in 1986 stating that corporal punishment was not to be administered in schools. Also refers to a statement produced on the issue of corporal punishment by an individual. Outlines most common forms of punishment, commenting on effectiveness of grounding and the fining of pocket money. Includes recollections of two detention rooms at Haut de la Garenne, commenting on the regularity of use and location within the newer building in the Aviemore unit. Recalls details about two children who were placed in the detention rooms, including a girl who ran away after being released from a detention room and a boy who he helped to put into a detention room. Recalls that the Superintendents including Jim Thomson, [Matron] and the Deputy Superintendents including Mr Gilbert had authority to authorise detention. Comments on the philosophy of Haut de la Garenne and staffing levels in respect of the use of the detention rooms. Recalls incident where he was asked to go in his car and find two children who had ran away from Haut de la Garenne, noting that he found them and that they were placed in the detention rooms upon their return. Refers to context of Haut de la Garenne being used as the remand facility for children in Jersey and need for strong disciplinary practices, noting that Les Chênes did not exist until the late 1970s. Includes comments about the disciplining of female residents, referring to a memorandum from Jim Thomson to Charles Smith discussing the need for stronger sanctions for girls, proposing detention coupled with a restricted diet. States that he does not recall such a proposal ever being implemented. Includes comments about staff parties, referring to a memorandum from Charles Smith to Mr Rodhouse setting out the future policy for staff at Haut de la Garenne following a staff party that had resulted in a car crash. Refers to a large Scottish contingent amongst the staff at Haut de la Garenne and reputation of them having good staff parties. States that staff were kind to children, recalling an incident where staff paid for a girl to attend a football dinner with her boyfriend and that Morag Jordan lent the girl a dress for the evening. States that staff had a soft spot for certain children but that all children were treated equally. Includes comments about staff training. Describes a comment about residential staff having received no formal training in residential social work with older children in notes of a working part meeting in 1981 as a fair analysis of the position at that time. Recalls no in-house training during his time at Haut de la Garenne noting that he went into the permanent job at Haut de la Garenne without any training in child development. States that this lack of training was as true in Jersey as it was in the United Kingdom in the same period. Comments on how he and other staff dealt with difficult situations involving children with the lack of training, stating that staff learnt on the job. Arrest and allegations Provides an account of his arrest in 2008 after allegations of physical and sexual abuse had been made against him, referring to a letter setting out details of the allegations. Describes emotional impact of his arrest on himself and his wife and family, stating his inability to forgive the police for the trauma they caused his wife. Notes that the police searched his house whilst he was in custody, taking his computer, photographs of Christmas shows at Haut de la Garenne and papers from his office and seizing his passport. Includes comments about a note found amongst his possessions. Notes that he was advised by his advocate to complete a no comment interview due to no corroboration of allegations and limited evidence. Comments on reason for presence of the English detective at his interview. Describes subsequent interviews and comments on police investigation process culminating in him being cleared of the allegations against him in 2009. Refers to a letter from the Attorney General in 2009 setting out reasons why a number of historical abuse cases would not be proceeding, citing lack of corroboration and failure to pass the evidential test. Also refers to a copy of an article in 2009. Also includes remarks about suggestions relating to him and the Attorney General, William Bailhache. Includes details and comments about the allegations of physical and sexual abuse made against him during an interview with the States of Jersey Police in 2008. Sets out details of each of the allegations against, refuting each of them. Includes remarks about the complainants who made the allegations and remarks about the veracity of the allegations, noting that some have been disproved. Notes that the majority of the allegations relate to residents of Haut de la Garenne, with one allegation by a former resident of La Préférence, stating belief that allegations were made in order to gain compensation. Includes comments about the system of compensation in respect of false allegations, citing example of system in New Zealand. Refers to writing a letter asking to be informed if anyone who made allegations against him should receive compensation, criticising his employer for failure to protect its staff and remarks about people willing to come to his defence. Also includes remarks about compensation lawyers being in league with the police. Comments on an allegation of physical abuse made against him in 2004 by a girl in care, noting that a member of staff supported the girl and alleged she saw him exercising unreasonable force to remove the girl from a room. Provides his account of the incident, commenting on the girl’s behaviour and his actions, stating that he used Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, a recognised method of restraint. Describes being aware of the vulnerability of his situation as a male member of staff working with children in respect of being conscious of the risk of allegations being made against him, stating that he would try to protect himself accordingly. Asserts belief that some allegations were made against him because the children could not remember any other male staff member. Also includes remarks about his actions when working with girls. Suspension and complaints against the Police Refers to his suspension following his arrest in 2008, commenting on confusion surrounding how the matter should have been handled and referring to a letter informing him of his suspension. States that he received monthly letters between August 2008 and June 2009 confirming that his suspension was still in place subject to police investigations, commenting on his confidence in his employer. Comments on decision made to change his role and restrict his access files relating to personal information about an individual, referring to a report prepared concerning his return to work. Refers to continued uncertainty following his suspension being lifted in 2009, stating his belief that his decision was politically motivated and related to the number of civil servants suspended. Notes that he was on secondment and in the process of applying for a managerial position at the time of his arrest, commenting on impact of his arrest of his chances of a promotion. States his belief that he has been subjected to unfair treatment, referring to unsuccessful complaints made, grievance claims submitted and reviews held relating to his suspension, referring to notes of a meeting relating to his employment grievance. Comments on the fairness of the grievance process. Refers to a letter dated 16 December 2009 regarding the results of a review into a conduct referral about him, commenting on the fact that the referral was made without his knowledge. Refers to a memorandum dated 1 May 2009 regarding staff suspensions, commenting on lack of support and reference to suspension procedures having changed as a result of his experience. Comments on actions of two States members who could have influenced decisions made about him, including comments about Senator Le Marquand’s dismissal of his pleas for help regarding his grievance to the police and lack of intervention. States that he does not feel valued at work, commenting on his role, mental state and willingness to retire. Provides details of his complaints against the police concerning the way they treated him during his detainment, referring to a letter from him to David Warcup regarding his wish to make a complaint about the investigation into historical child abuse. Includes remarks about his detainment overnight, seizure of his passport, seizure and retention of his computer and raiding of his house, referring to details of his complaint set out in a letter to the police. Criticises the fact that no statements were made as part of the investigation into his complaint against the police, referring to correspondence between himself and the Police Complaints Authority in 2009 and 2010 on this matter. Notes that he has received compensation from the police relating to his detention in custody overnight, referring to a letter dated 29 January 2010 from Barry Taylor setting out his comments in relation to his complaint regarding the Historic Abuse Investigation. Includes comments about Lenny Harper, referring to his retirement, and remarks about the conduct of the police in general during the investigation into allegations against him and the subsequent investigation into his complaints against them. Refers to comments by Mick Gradwell about his case regarding his complaint. Includes comments about the impact of the investigation into allegations against him. Refers to his treatment at and attitude towards work, refers to having had counselling and being on anti-depressants, and describes two incidents of being abused since the allegations against him had been made. Describes himself as having lived in fear, referring to Stuart Syvret. Comments on Christopher Chapman’s Report into Allegations of Bullying of States Employees dated September 2009 commissioned following allegations that Stuart Syvret had bullied civil servants and that the States had failed to protect civil servants from that abuse, referring to comments made about Senator Syvret’s blog. Includes remarks about the attitude of his employer towards the protection of its employees, referring to attempts to seek legal assistance for false allegations against him. Operation Rectangle Includes comments about Operation Rectangle, describing it as corrupt and the investigation into Haut de la Garenne as a farce. Includes remarks about Lenny Harper’s handling of the investigation and his conduct and misuse of public money. States that misleading information was released to the media relating to cellars at Haut de la Garenne, the discovery of teeth at Haut de la Garenne, lack of corroboration to allegations and comments made by Lenny Harper to the States regarding him. Expresses sympathy for those abused despite false allegations made against him. States that he worked at Haut de la Garenne at the same time as Morag and Tony Jordan but never saw or heard anything untoward taking place, expressing regret that he missed that they were abusing children. States that on the whole the people working at Haut de la Garenne including himself were there to help children.
Names Bailhache, William
Baker, Jeff, Reverend
Chapman, Christopher
Fleming, Henry
Gilbert, William
Gradwell, Mick
Harper, Lenny
Jordan, Morag
Jordan, Tony
Richardson, John
Rodhouse, John
Savile, Jimmy
Skinner, Anton
Smith, Charles
Syvret, Stuart
Taylor, Barry
Thomson, Jim
Warcup, David
Aviemore
Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
Jersey Civil Service Joint Council
La Préférence Children's Home
Law Officers' Department
Le Rocquier School
Les Chênes Residential School
National Nursery Examination Board
Operation Rectangle
Police Complaints Authority
States Employment Board
States of Jersey Police
Keywords abuse | allegations | arrests | Attorneys General | Camping | caning | child abuse | Child Care Officers | childcare | Children | children's homes | Children's Officers | children's services | civil servants | complaints | corporal punishment | detention rooms | discipline | evidence | exhibits | IJCI | inquiries | investigations | physical abuse | Police | rape | Residential Child Care Officers | restraint | sexual abuse | staff | statements | Superintendents | suspensions | victims | witness statements | witnesses
Places Crabbé, France, Haut de la Garenne, La Préférence, St Martin, Le Rocquier, Les Chênes, Five Oaks, New Zealand, Royal Square
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Digital copy of Exhibit BT22: an individual's witnesss statement to the Inquiry providing an account of his employment at Haut de la Garenne, response to allegations of abuse made against him relating to the time he was at Haut de la Garenne, and his involvement with Operation Rectangle. [Some details redacted]. For Deputy Chief Officer Barry Taylor's statement to the Inquiry dated 29 February 2016, see ZC/D/AW4/B1/3/WS000740.

ZC/D/AW4/A4/2/WD009417/22

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