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Digital copy of Witness 22's witness statement to the Inquiry providing an account of her experiences during the time that she was under the care of the States of Jersey. [Some details redacted].
January 19th 2015 - January 19th 2015
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Background and Home Life Gives details of background and early years at home with her mother, aunt and grandmother, including attendance at a nursery in St Peter. Includes details of mother’s relationship history and alcoholism. Recollections of spending some weekends during their childhood with mother’s sisters. Gives details of being placed under the guardianship of her mother’s sister at the age of 8, and subsequent time in aunt’s care. Gives description of mother’s husband and his suicide in 1976 when they were 6 years old. Recollections of interactions with the Reverend Giles regarding the organisation of the funeral, and being informed by her mother that the deceased was not their biological father. Institutions Includes references to time at St Peter’s Primary School, La Moye School, Haut de la Garenne, St Helier Girls’ School, La Préférence and Camelot Girls’ Hostel. Recollections of her time at school, including details about one incident involving a teacher when at St Peter’s Primary School. Moved to Haut de la Garenne. Includes a description of the property and the four groups into which children were allocated: Aviemore, Baintree, Claymore and Dunluce. Recollections of the daily routine, friends, other children in residence and staff including Tony Jordan, Morag Jordan, Jim Thomson and Dorothy Inglis. Includes positive recollections of one female member of staff [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002882]. Includes recollections of running away from Haut de la Garenne on multiple occasions and actions of the police on returning them to the institution. Recalls receiving no visits from doctors whilst at Haut de la Garenne and gives descriptions of official inspections of the home. Also comments on the disappearance of children from Haut de la Garenne. Questions validity of entry in her Children's Services file with respect to discovery of her private diary at Haut de la Garenne, questioning whether any such diary ever existed [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002891] Gives details about a trip to Disneyworld in 1982 for children at Haut de la Garenne funded by the Rotary Club of Jersey. Describes developing an asipiration to be fostered [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002898] accompanied by growing unrest with respect to life at Haut de la Garenne [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002908]. Moved to Camelot in 1983 [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002892]. Includes recollections of their experiences at the property, and the owners Mr and Mrs McFarlane, and running away from the hostel on multiple occasions. Also includes recollections of spending a week at La Préférence, referencing the family of Edward Paisnel. Children’s Services Includes references to Children’s Services and their interaction with the Witness and their family. Recollections of Anne Ferguson, who became their social worker when guardianship of the child was passed from the mother to the aunt. Also includes references to interactions with social workers Pauline Vautier and Sally Williams [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002884, 2885, 2887, 2889, 2891, 2892, 2895-2900, 2902, 2907, 2909-2912] Gives their recollection of specific incidents at Haut de la Garenne within their Children’s Services file, including fires at the property [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002870, 2871] and falling down stairs [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002901]. Challenges perception in Children's Services file that they were ever happy or settled at Haut de la Garenne [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002894, 2897, 2911, 2912]. Describes their later years in care after leaving Camelot Girls’ Hostel. Recalls interactions with childcare officers, including appointments and correspondence with Miss Williams at Highlands. Discharged from care in April 1986. Abuse and Consequences Descriptions of neglect and physical abuse by mother, and physical and sexual abuse by a number of their mother’s partners from the age of 2. Gives details of sexual abuse by a man who lived with their mother when on visitation when under the guardianship of their aunt, and not being believed when they reported the abuse. Also includes description of sexual abuse by an uncle, and punishment received when reporting this abuse. Gives details of multiple cases of sexual abuse by Jim Thomson in his flat at Haut de la Garenne over a period of time. Details of physical abuse by Tony Jordan over a period of time at Haut de la Garenne. Includes a recollection of helping a young girl with an intellectual disability who had been left out on the lawn in the rain and the subsequent reaction of Tony Jordan. The Witness later reported this incident to police in 2007. Gives details of a detention room at Haut de la Garenne used by staff to punish children for misbehaviour [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002899, 2905]. Includes a recollection of running away from Haut de la Garenne and subsequently being physically abused by Tony Jordan whilst in the presence of Morag Jordan. Describes neglect by staff whilst they were in the detention room, recalling being placed their for up to a week. Includes their recollection of reporting concerns about the behaviour of a number of individuals at Haut de la Garenne to Morag Jordan, and her subsequent failure to act upon these concerns. Includes a recollection of being drugged at a disco at Haut de la Garenne after drinking a drink given to them by Morag Jordan, and details about subsequent possible sexual abuse. Describes developing an unwillingness and inability to tell anyone in authority about the abuse they suffered during their time at Haut de la Garenne, referencing Morag Jordan in particular as a cause for this. Includes positives recollections of two members of staff, but describes fear of disclosing abuse to them due to apprehension that the staff would be subsequently removed from Haut de la Garenne and abuse would worsen. Give details about substance abuse in later years in care, including a drug overdose and drunkenness [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002889]. Refers to an incident of possible self harm, claiming it to have been accidental [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002909]. Recollections of time spent at HM Prison La Moye for breaching the peace and for being drunk and disorderly. Gives their recollection of the father of a younger boy they babysitted, including details of an incident of sexual abuse by the boy’s father. Includes their description of the dismissive response of the police when reporting the incident and subsequent events that resulted in the Witness being sentenced to 5 to 6 years' imprisonment at institutions including a borstal and HM Prison La Moye. Describes the police investigation, court proceedings, incarceration and release on licence, and subsequent substance abuse and return to prison. Refers to statement given to the States of Jersey Police by the son of her abuser [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002915]. Events since leaving Care Give details of interactions with the States of Jersey upon leaving the care system, including weekly routine appointments with Mr Le Marquand with respect to employment and job searching. Describes attempts to obtain copies of their Social Services records over a period of time after leaving care, including the efforts of Alan Collins, their legal representative during the redress scheme. Give details of a conversation with retired police officer Brian Carter in 2010. Recollections of a meeting in 2010 with a man with whom they were in care with at Haut de la Garenne. Also includes references to the trial of Tony and Morag Jordan in 2011 [C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/4/WD002873]. The statement finishes with the Witness’s reflection on their experience and decision to give evidence to the Inquiry. Includes comments on the political system in Jersey, referring the openness of government, the role of the newspaper press, and the relationship between the police and government. Includes a list of lessons the Witness hopes are learnt from the findings of the Inquiry.
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