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Digital copy of Witness 76's witness statement to the Inquiry providing an account of her experiences during the time that she was under the care of Children's Services, primarily at Blanche Pierre Family Group Home. [Some details redacted].
August 12th 2014 - August 12th 2014
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Background and Home Life Refers to birth, siblings, mother’s relationship with alcohol, mother’s illness, and circumstances surrounding admission into care at Blanche Pierre Family Group Home in 1986. Describes close relationship with older brother and sister, and periods in temporary foster care between 1980 and 1986. Institutions Refers to mother’s terminal cancer, and arrangements made with Children’s Services, Alan and Jane Maguire, and Child Care Officer Richard Davenport to secure Witness 76 and her brothers’ care after mother’s death [Exhibit 3: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/3]. Reflects on mother’s death whilst resident at Blanche Pierre Family Group Home, reaction of Jane Maguire, and grieving process [see Exhibit 12: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/12]. Describes layout of Blanche Pierre, mentioning playroom, garden, bathrooms, office, and locations of Jane and Alan Maguire’s bedroom and Witness 76’s bedroom. Recalls other residents from Blanche Pierre, and positive memories of Christmas and camping trips. Describes Jane and Alan Maguire, mentioning first positive impressions and later wariness and fear of them. Comments on differences in Jane and Alan Maguire’s attitude towards the residents of Blanche Pierre when in public and when in private. Refers to positive experiences with staff at Blanche Pierre, and instructions given to staff by Jane and Alan Maguire [see Exhibit 7: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/7] relating to the treatment of children resident at Blanche Pierre. Refers to relationships with uncle, grandmother, older sister and father whilst at Blanche Pierre, mentioning supervised and unsupervised visits by father. Describes positive experiences with individual who took over Blanche Pierre Family Group Home following retirement of Jane and Alan Maguire. Details residency at Heathfields Children’s Centre, mentioning self-harm, drugs and alcohol and positive relationship with Linda MacLennan. Recalls an individual, formally resident at Blanche Pierre, being remanded to prison for getting into a fight. Refers to transfer to Blanche Pierre flats at age of 16, and suffering from memories of abuse due to the flat being part of the Family Group Home previously run by Jane and Alan Maguire, and due to the closeness in location between the flat and Jane and Alan Maguire’s Blanche Pierre home of the time. Recounts placement at St Saviour’s Hospital by Social Services following self-harm and fears for the safety of Witness 76 and others. Refers to letter by Psychiatrist at St Saviour’s Hospital [see Exhibit 13: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/13]. Refers to her wish, whilst resident at St Saviour’s Hospital, to give a statement to Police about abuse at Blanche Pierre. Mentions asking to speak to PC Nicholson, and reporting sexual abuse by Alan Maguire to two members of the States of Jersey Police: Nick Troy and colleague Emma. Recalls being advised to drop her statement against Alan Maguire. Refers to Video-link interview about abuse by Alan Maguire with Police at Aviemore, Haute de la Garenne. Recounts court case of Jane and Alan Maguire, and meeting with Nick Troy and colleague Emma and Child Care Officers Danny Wherry and Linda MacLennan. Recalls representation by William Bailhache’s law firm Bailhache Labesse, dealing with Lisa Kerruish. Recalls giving evidence in Magistrate’s Court, before the case was moved to the Royal Court. Recounts Alan Maguire’s appearance at Magistrate’s Court in a wheelchair, being informed that he was ill, later being informed that he had died. Reflects on meeting at Maison Le Pape with Children’s Services, mentioning Danny Wherry. Recalls being advised that she and another individual would make unreliable witnesses, and due to insufficient evidence, the dropping of the case against the Maguires [see Exhibit 14: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/14]. Refers to deterioration in her behaviour following being informed that the case against Jane and Alan Maguire would be dropped, mentioning instances of drinking and fighting. Social Services Refers to Social Services Records, highlighting response from Children’s Services and Child Care Officer [Richard Davenport] to Witness 76 wetting the bed whilst at Blanche Pierre Family Group Home [see Exhibit 5: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/5], interview with Jane and Alan Maguire relating to their treatment of children under their care, and Richard Davenport and Anton Skinner’s awareness of such treatment [see Exhibit 7: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/7]. Recounts differing relationships with Child Care Officers Richard Davenport and Linda MacLennan. Comments on circumstances surrounding removal of Jane and Alan Maguire from Blanche Pierre Family Group Home, mentioning an individual’s statement to Children’s Services’ Anton Skinner and Geoff Spencer relating to abuse by Jane and Alan Maguire. Refers to meeting between Jane and Alan Maguire and Anton Skinner in which Jane and Alan Maguire admitted to physically abusing children, and the decision to retire Jane and Alan Maguire from Blanche Pierre Family Group Home [see Exhibit 9: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/9, Exhibit 10: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/10, and Exhibit 11: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/11]. Recalls Jane Maguire’s continued employment by Children’s Services, contradicting information Witness 76 had been given about Jane Maguire’s ability to work with vulnerable people. Refers to presence of Jane Maguire at Children’s Services as reason for Witness 76’s reluctance to visit Children’s Services. Abuse and Consequences Recalls emotional and physical abuse by Jane and Alan Maguire, mentioning instances of force feeding, starvation through the withholding of food, and subsequent weight loss [Exhibit 4: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/4]. Mentions physical abuse as punishment for bed-wetting. Refers to regular physical abuse by Jane and Alan Maguire, sexual abuse by Alan Maguire, and reporting the abuse to another member of staff. Refers to symptoms of emotional abuse and neglect by Jane and Alan Maguire, mentioning bed-wetting, belief at a young age that emotional, physical and sexual abuse was normal, and belief staff were aware of abuse taking place [see Exhibit 6: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/6]. Details an individual threatening Jane Maguire with a knife following Jane and Alan Maguire’s retirement from Blanche Pierre Family Group Home. Events since leaving Care Recalls being given the chance to work with children, citing positive experiences at St Mark’s Hostel. Comments on presence at a child protection course hosted by Danny Wherry in which Danny Wherry used an example relevant to Witness 76’s experiences at Blanche Pierre, mentioning later complaint by Witness 76’s employer. Refers to previous statements to States of Jersey Police [Exhibit 1: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/1] and Historic Abuse Redress Scheme [Exhibit 2: C/D/AW1/A1/11/WD000660/2]. Recounts contact with British Broadcasting Corporation concerning a documentary about Jane and Alan Maguire, mentioning new sexual assault allegations against Alan Maguire, and Alan Maguire’s later death in France. Reflects on her own employment in youth and mental health services, and long lasting effects of abuse by Jane and Alan Maguire. Comments on closure provided by Inquiry in relation to the abuse she suffered and the responses from those in authority.
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