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Digital copy of the Witness Statement of [Sean McCloskey] to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences as a member of staff at Heathfield Children's Home. [Some details redacted].

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Reference ZC/D/AW2/B3/2/WS000576
Date 20 May 2015
Scope and Content Provides details of background, mentioning birth and relocation to Jersey in order to pursue a career in [childcare]. Refers to employment from 1987 as a member of staff at Heathfield Children's Home. Provides details of application for the position, and applications for future roles within Children's Services and the children's homes. Refers to training and qualifications, mentioning Pat Curtis, the Open University, and Dorothy Inglis. Refers to volunteering at St Mark's Hostel and working additional shifts at La Préférence Children's Home, and Blanche Pierre [Family Group Home] following the departure of houseparents Alan and Jane Maguire. Describes responsibilities at Heathfield. Refers to the layout of Heathfield. Provides recollections of residents of Heathfield, as well as admissions and assessments processes. Refers to discipline and control at Heathfield, as well as records kept on residents and events. Discusses the relationship between Heathfield and Children's and Social Services. Refers to a disclosure of sexual abuse made to [Sean McCloskey] by a former Heathfield resident, and concerning a member of Heathfield staff. Notes concern of the former Heathfield resident that current Heathfield residents were also at risk of sexual abuse by the member of staff. Recalls informing other members of Heathfield staff about the disclosure. Recalls the member of staff who had had allegations made against him resigning from his position at Heathfield and returning to England. Refers to Witness Statement provided to States of Jersey Police regarding the disclosure of abuse. Recalls decision to leave Heathfield, mentioning application for a job in 1999. Recalls meeting former children in care, and a police investigation into allegations of child abuse at Blanche Pierre Family Group Home. Notes offer to accompany one former child in care during her interview with States of Jersey Police. Describes difficulty in obtaining counselling and support for former children in care making statements containing allegations of abuse to States of Jersey Police, mentioning [a member of Police staff] in particular. Refers to investigations by States of Jersey Police at Haut de la Garenne [Operation Rectangle]. Refers to difficulties associated with the investigations, and difficulties in the relationship between [a member of Police staff], and Children's Services, politicians, and Chief Minister Frank Walker. Refers to rumours regarding the budget for Operation Rectangle, mentioning [the member of Police staff] and Frank Walker. Refers to concerns that Operation Rectangle became a power game between [the member of Police staff] and politicians. Provides details of other allegations of abuse, naming members of child care staff including Mario Lundy. Recalls that [Sean McCloskey's] application for a job was blocked by individuals, including [the member of Police staff]. Refers to depression as a result of experiencing accounts of abuse, treatment by the [member of Police staff], and other factors. Refers to decision to leave employment, and request for [Sean McCloskey] to leave his employment immediately rather than serving a notice period or gardening leave. Refers to re-employment at Heathfield, and subsequent employment at Greenfields. Recalls hearing of allegations of abuse against Mario Lundy, and [a member of Children's Services staff]. Recalls decision not to contact Stuart Syvret due to previous instances of Stuart Syvret's naming individuals on his blog. Compares Stuart Syvret to [the member of Police staff]. Comments on current knowledge of former Heathfield residents, mentioning compensation received by one individual via [the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme]. Refers to difficulty for victims of abuse to trust the justice system or Children's Services in Jersey, citing Alan Maguire's death in France ten years after victims were informed that Alan Maguire was in ill health and could not be prosecuted. Refers to an excerpt from [Dr] Kathie Bull's report, and provides commentary in relation to aspects mentionined concerning staffing and staff experience. [For Exhibits [SM]1 to [SM]12 as referred to in this Witness Statement, see C/D/AW2/A7/45/WD006098/1 to C/D/AW2/A7/45/WD006098/12].
Names Adolescent Services Team
Brig-y-Don Children's Home
Blanche Pierre Family Group Home
Children's Services
Children's Sub-Committee
Children's Office
Grainville School
Greenfields Centre
Historic Abuse Redress Scheme
Haut de la Garenne
Heathfield Children's Home
Highlands College
La Préférence Children's Home
Les Chênes Residential School
Le Rocquier School
Open University
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police
States of Jersey
St Mark's Hostel
Adamson, James
Bull, Kathie, Dr
Baldwin, Chas
Curtis, Pat
Carré, Marilyn
Castledine, David
Le Chevalier, Alexandra, Detective Constable
De La Haye, David
Dennett, Phil
Davenport, Richard
Inglis, Dorothy
Jenner, Sandra
Lundy, Mario
Maguire, Alan
Maguire, Jane
Shearer, Michael, Detective Sergeant
Skinner, Anton
Syvret, Stuart
Taylor, David
Wherry, Danny
Walker, Frank
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Digital copy of the Witness Statement of [Sean McCloskey] to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences as a member of staff at Heathfield Children's Home. [Some details redacted].


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