Digital copy of Witness 23's witness statement to the Inquiry providing an account of their experiences during the time that they were under the care of the States of Jersey. [Some details redacted].

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July 28th 2014 - July 28th 2014

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Background and Home Life Gives details of background and early years at home with parents including attendance at Westmount Nursery. Also includes details of family developments and mother’s remarriage and alcoholism. Institutions Includes references to their time at Brig-y-Don Children’s Home, Janvrin School, St Clement’s School, in Foster Care, 108 Clos des Sables, La Moye Primary School and Heathfield Children's Centre. Recollections of the property at Brig-y-Don, the staff and day-to-day experiences and rules. Moved to 108 Clos des Sables and lived at this address between the ages of 6 and 15. Includes a description of the property, staff including Les Hughes and other children in residence during their time at the property. Includes recollections of incidents at school and staff treatment of children, mentioning Mrs Davidson. Includes recollections of contact with local church and community centre. Children’s Department Includes references to the Children’s Department and their interaction with the family. Recollections of time in Foster Care in St Brelade and interactions with Children’s Officer Madeleine [Madeline] Bird, who continued as their social worker until replaced by Marnie Baudain [Marnie Baudains]. Describes their later years in care and their removal from the care system at the age of 20. Abuse and Consequences Includes a description of sexual abuse by Les Hughes over a period of time referencing physical symptoms such as migraines. Includes a recollection of a video being delivered by a childcare officer which was intended to inform children on reporting mistreatment by adults. Also includes a recollection of concerns raised by another child living at Clos des Sables and the other child phoning Childline. Includes their recollection of reporting the abuse to Marnie Baudain [Marnie Baudains] in 1989 and a subsequent meeting with Marnie and Brenda Chappell, Deputy Head of Children’s Services, which resulted in a report to the Police and the two statements provided as evidence [Exhibits 1 and 2, see below]. Les Hughes was then arrested. Describes his subsequent sentence to two and half years at La Moye Prison. Includes descriptions of their misbehaviour including shoplifting and the consequences which included a meeting with a psychologist. Also includes descriptions of self-harming and substance abuse in their teenage years and the reaction of Marnie Baudain [Marnie Baudains] to take them to Les Amis. Describes their move to Heathfield after the arrest of Les Hughes and subsequent suicide attempt. Events since leaving Care The statement finishes with the witness's reflection on their experiences and decision to enter the redress scheme and give evidence to the Inquiry. Exhibit 1: C/D/AW1/A1/1/WD000160/1 Exhibit 2: C/D/AW1/A1/1/WD000160/2


Baudains, Marnie
Bird, Madeline
Chappell, Brenda
Davidson, Mrs
Hughes, Leslie Francis
Rantzen, Esther
Brig-y-Don Children's Home
Children's Department
Children's Office
Children's Services
Clos des Sables Family Group Home
Greenfields Centre
Heathfield Children's Centre
HM Prison, La Moye
Janvrin School
Jersey Opera House
La Moye Primary School
La Préférence Children's Centre
Les Chênes Residential School
St Clement's School
States of Jersey
Status Quo (Band)
Westmount Day Nursery


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