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Digital copy of Witness 50's witness statement to the Inquiry providing an account of their experiences during the time that they were at Haut de la Garenne. [Some details redacted].
July 17th 2014 - July 17th 2014
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Background and Home Life Gives details of background and early years. Born 1965. Cites mother leaving home and father subsequently not being able to cope with caring for them or their siblings as reason why they went into care. Describes nonexistence of contact with mother during first six months in care, and weekend visits by her thereafter. Recalls father not visiting once weekend visits by mother commenced. Gives details of home visits to mother as they got older [C/D/AW1/A1/6/WD002665/1]. Describes sister’s placement into a foster home when she was 8 and loss of contact with her during sister’s time in foster care. Institutions Resident at Haut de la Garenne between the ages of 5 and 15 from November 1970. Recollections of groups at the home, mentioning Aviemore, Baintree, Claymore and Dunluce, and placement into Aviemore. Recollections of the layout of the property, including descriptions of specific areas referencing the dining area, lounge area, play area, kitchen, office, boot polishing room, bedrooms, bathrooms, toilets, detention rooms, sluice room and cellars [C/D/AW1/A1/6/WD002665/2]. Recollections of staff at Haut de la Garenne mentioning Morag Jordan, Tony Jordan, Mr [Colin] Tilbrook, Mr Smith, Mr [Jim] Thomson and Mr [H] King. Describes routines and rotas of staff, and impact of arrival of a group of Scottish staff during their time at the home. Descriptions of day-to-life at Haut de la Garenne, including discipline by staff mentioning multiple forms of corporal punishment. Describes propensity of staff to single out particular children for punishment, referring to the existence of red punishment books. Children’s Services Names Mr [Richard] Davenport as their allocated Children’s Officer. Recollections of sister running away from Haut de la Garenne after being assaulted by staff, and response of Mr Davenport to return them straight to the home. Recalls infrequent visits by Children’s Officers, mentioning Mr Davenport and Mr [David] Castledine. Refers to six-monthly reports of time at Haut de la Garenne prepared by Children’s Services [C/D/AW1/A1/6/WD002648, 2650, 2659, 2660, 2665/1]. Recollections of exchange trips to the United Kingdom, including to Islington around the period that the film Jaws was released in cinemas. Expresses surprise with respect to the lack of detail about this visit recorded in their Children’s Service client file. States that mother’s permission for exchange trips or camping trips was never sought. Abuse and Consequences Descriptions of emotional abuse and neglect by a couple who worked at Haut de la Garenne, and physical abuse by the man. Recollections of physical abuse by Tony and Morag Jordan. Gives details of sexual abuse by a male member of staff towards a girl, and the girl’s mother subsequently reporting the abuse to Mr Thomson. Describes how Mr Thomson dismissed the complaint and responded by threatening the mother. Recalls the man being sent to a children’s home in England, but unsure of whether this was due to the complaint of abuse. Recollections of inappropriate sexual behaviour by another male member of staff in the toilet and bathroom area. Recollections of Jimmy Savile visiting Haut de la Garenne whilst he was in the island to take part in a charity walk at Easter. Did not experience or witness abuse by Savile or other public figures whilst at Haut de la Garenne. Descriptions of emotional and physical abuse by staff towards their siblings, mentioning physical symptoms such as bruising. Gives details of toxic atmosphere at the home, describing constant fear of punishment, reprisal and abuse during their time in residence, with particular reference to Dunluce. Recollections of children running away and going missing during their time in care. Gives details of detention rooms at Haut de la Garenne including descriptions of physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect by staff towards children taking place in these rooms. Refers to sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect of children by staff and partners on camping trips, mentioning St Mary, Guernsey, Southampton and the New Forest. Recollections of member of the public witnessing an incident of physical abuse during a camping trip and subsequently reporting the abuse. No knowledge of whether further action was taken. Describes impact of abuse and experiences in care, referencing physiological effects with regards to bodily functions. Includes details of the impact of abuse on their siblings, including criminal conviction and prison sentence of brother. Also gives details relating to the psychological impact of abuse on other residents at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning suicide attempts, both successful and unsuccessful. Events since leaving Care Recollections of leaving Haut de la Garenne and apprehension about returning to live at home with mother. Gives details about fate of siblings, including descriptions of physical abuse towards their brother whilst he was in foster care, and sister's contact with the Jersey Care Leavers Association. Describes obtaining copies of their individual Children’s Services file from La Chasse and their family file from Le Bas Centre. Suspicions that some documents from these files were removed, referring to possible gaps in their individual file. Rejects descriptions with respect to their personality contained with the Children’s Services file. Recollections of seeing members of staff who worked at Haut de la Garenne since leaving care. Describes being told of a meeting that took place between former residents and former members of staff in 2007, and subsequent admittance by staff of some incidents of abuse. Recollections of how learning that former members of staff alleged to have abused children at Haut de la Garenne were now employed at Mont à l’Abbé School led them to come forward and report the abuse they suffered whilst in care to the States. Describes giving statement detailing abuse suffered whilst in care to the police during Operation Rectangle, shock of learning that Morag Jordan was still alive and disappointment with respect to the outcome of subsequent police investigation into allegations of abuse made against Jordan. Refers to emotional impact of the police investigation into historic child abuse. Describes learning of abuse towards siblings as a result of the police investigation. The statement finishes with the Witness’s reflection on their experience and decision to give evidence to the Inquiry. Apportions blame for the abuse and mistreatment of children with the States of Jersey whilst expressing anger and hatred towards former staff at the home. Criticises Children’s Services for perceived lack of action with respect to the monitoring or prevention of abuse. Gives details of their sought outcomes of the Inquiry, including the implementation of recommendations with respect to staff numbers, training of staff, and reports and inspections of children’s homes. Seeks written apology from the States to survivors of abuse, and personal apologies from individuals accused of abuse.
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