Digital copy of Witness 73's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police [presumed to be part of Operation Rectangle] providing an account of his experiences during his childhood in Jersey whilst under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily at Les Chênes Residential School. [Some details redacted].

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March 18th 2008 - March 18th 2008

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Background and Home Life Details early childhood with mother in Jersey and England, starting to offend and becoming involved in anti-social behaviour. Recalls return to Jersey in 2002, continuing to commit offences, and being sent to Les Chênes Residential School. Institutions Describes arrival and admission procedure at Les Chênes. Refers to existing points system at Les Chênes [presumed to be Merit Award Scheme], and levels involved. Details release from and return to Les Chênes in 2003, mentioning renewed period of isolation. Describes provision of exercise and education at Les Chênes. Recalls isolation lasting a total of two months after incident involving other residents at Les Chênes. Describes mental breakdown during this period of isolation, and visit by Child and Adolescent’s Mental Health Services. Recalls refusal by mother to allow him to be placed on medication, and visits by family twice a week during this time. Describes an individual bringing drugs into Les Chênes, and being informed that period of isolation would end if he made a statement against that individual. Details return to mother’s care in December 2003 and changes at Les Chênes upon change of name to Greenfields, mentioning new staff intake and impact on provision of education and care. Refers to introduction of Grand Prix system. Recalls return to Greenfields in January 2004 and time spent in the pits or isolation cells. Recalls being sentenced to HM Prison La Moye as a Young Offender, followed by further residencies at Greenfields until June 2005. Recounts staff from time resident at Les Chênes and later Greenfields. Abuse and Consequences Mentions staff being unable to safely restrain residents, leading to residents being manhandles when playing up. Cites emotional abuse from age of fourteen due to extended periods of solitary confinement at Les Chênes and later Greenfields. Refers to suicide attempt and self-harm due to his anxiety and depression, results of his time in solitary confinement. Provided in the presence of Detective Constable O’Grady and Detective Constable Evans.


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Children's Services
Greenfields Centre
HM Prison, La Moye
Les Chênes Residential School
Social Services


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