Digital copy of Copy Report of Skinner N28: Statement of Anton Skinner, Director of Community and Social Services, referring to events during and after the employment of [Alan] and [Jane] Maguire as houseparents to the Le Squez Group Home [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home]. Relates in part to experiences of Witness 81. [Some details redacted].

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January 15th 1999 - January 15th 1999

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Provides an overview of the Maguire's employment as houseparents at Le Squez for a period of 10 years. Refers to Jane Maguire's former role as residential child care officer at Haut de la Garenne before being appointed as houseparent at Le Squez. Refers to line management arrangements within Health and Social Services, citing Senior Child Care Officers Brenda Chappell and Mr Spencer as line-managers of the Maguires during their employment at Le Squez. Refers to two sets of complaints made against the Maguires. States to have had no knowledge of complaints made against the Maguries with respect to their conduct as houseparents prior to the first complaint. Refers to concerns expressed by Child Care Officers with respect to quality of care. First complaint concerned treatment of an individual child. Refers to discussions with Mr Spencer and other senior staff which led to the Maguires retiring from their position as houseparents. Cites insufficient training with respect to childcare, flaws in the Family Group Home system, and the couple's incapability of coping with challenges presented to them as reasons for decision. Describes actions taken in conjuction to the Maguires' departure, including the closure of the Family Group Home and its conversion into a Family Centre. Discusses subsequent events, providing reasoning behind why there was no formal disciplinary procedure or Police investigation in light of complaints made against the Maguries, why the Maguires were allowed to foster one of the children at Le Squez, and why Jane Maguire was offered another position within [Health and Social] Services. Second set of complaints made in the latter stages of Jane Maguire's employment in position at Health and Social Services included allegations of abuse by the Maguires during their period as houseparents. Jane Maguire initially moved out of the Children's Service into role providing support for hospital social workers, until Police charged the Maguires with a number of offences of child abuse. Jane Maguire subsequently suspended from her duties. Provides logic and reasoning behind past and present management decisions with respect to Jane Maguire's dismissal from her post. Mentions efforts to improve professional practice of Maguires and the provision of access to regular training during the Maguires' tenure as houseparents. Gives details of allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse by Alan Maguire that came forth during police investigation. Mentions Attorney General's conclusion to not proceed with the case against the Maguires due to legal technicalities. Compares the nature of the first complaint with the second set of complaints. Statement finishes with a list of reasons as to why Skinner is of the opinion that Jane Maguire should be dimissed from employment with Health and Social Services, mentioning severity of allegations against her, public opinion towards the issue, and practical issues with respect to staff relations.


Chappell, Brenda
Maguire, Alan
Maguire, Jane
Skinner, Anton
Spencer, Mr
Blanche Pierre Family Group Home
Children's Services
Community and Social Services
Education Committee
Health and Social Services Committee
States of Jersey Police


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