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Digital copy of Supporting Documentation to Witness 214's Application Form to enter the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme. Undated, c. 2012. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 214's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police dated 26 April 2008 see C/D/AW1/B1/1/2/WS000169.
2012 - 2012
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Section 3(a) - Dates of when the Claimant was in full-time residential care of the States of Jersey. Gives details of Witness 214's care placements between 12 October 1964 and 8 September 1975, mentioning Westaway Crèche, Brig-y-Don, Haut de la Garenne, a Family Group Home and La Préférence Children's Home. Section 4(a) - Detail of the Abuse. Gives details of physical abuse and neglect by [foster mother] towards Witness 214 and her siblings. Describes consequences of abuse, mentioning bullying by other children in the foster home and the long-term physical and emotional impact of abuse. Details unhappiness at school and physical symptoms of abuse. Refers to arrest of [foster parents] and subsequent statement about abuse. Recollections of emotional abuse by houseparent whilst in residence at La Préférence. Gives details of sexual abuse by father of brother's friend and emotional impact of abuse. Refers to sexual abuse by Roger Henshaw Horobin when Witness 214 was aged 12-13, mentioning Horobin's conviction for sexual assault. Gives details of frequent sexual abuse from the age of 14 by a number of older boys whilst at La Préférence. Recalls reporting abuse to a school nurse and dismissive response of staff at La Préférence. Also gives details of long-term emotional, physical, sexual and pyschological impact of abuse on Witness 214 with reference to her mental health, relationships with siblings, obsessive compulsive behaviour, discrimination at work and relationship with husband. Refers to two suicidal episodes. Gives details about Witness 214 visiting a psychologist since 13 January 2011 and positive impact on her wellbeing. What is right and what is wrong? [Part 1] Witness 214's personal account of her experiences whilst under the care of foster parents. Includes details about background and early life, mentioning desertion of both parents, separation from some siblings, placement in Haut de la Garenne and fostering of Witness 214 and three of her siblings in 1967. Gives details of emotional abuse by foster parents, describing preferential treatment given to foster parents' [biological] children with respect to schooling, leisure, vacations, facilities, clothing and general treatment. Recalls change in foster mother's attitude following her medical problems when Witness 214 was aged 6 or 7, recalling no assessment being made by [Children's Services] with respect to her suitability as a foster parent. Gives details of numerous incidents of physical abuse and neglect by foster mother. Includes details of physical symptoms of abuse mentioning broken teeth, cuts and broken bones. Recollections of visits by Child Care Officer Mr [C A] Smith, commenting on lack of opportunity to talk to Smith in private. Recalls physical abuse by foster father, mentioning how foster mother would demand him to physically abuse Witness 214 and her siblings. Recalls sudden disappearance of foster parents followed by placement with temporary foster parents, transfer to a children's home and leaving care aged 18 or 19. Recollections of continued contact with abusive foster parents for years after leaving care and foster mother asking for forgiveness on Witness 214's wedding day. Also gives details of long-term emotional, physical, sexual and pyschological impact of abuse on Witness 214 with reference to depression, obsessive compulsive behaviour and discrimination at work. Praises role of friend for helping and supporting Witness 214 in later life. Explains reason behind not making a statement to the police, citing stress and impact on family. Comments on political response to child abuse allegations mentioning the Bailiff [Sir Philip Bailhache]'s Liberation Day speech and employment an honorary policeman, the release of Witness 214's foster parents by the Attorney General following their arrest and Lenny Harper's report. What is right and what is wrong? Part 2 Witness 214's personal account of her experiences whilst in care at La Préférence. Includes details about separation from brother aged 12 and move to La Préférence with siblings. Includes recollections of routine, sleeping arrangements and the property at La Préférence. Received no counselling and recalls no visits from Child Care Officers following move. Gives details of sexual abuse by father of brother's friend when age 13-14 and the emotional impact of abuse. Recalls details of sexual abuse by another man who was subsequently convicted and sentence to imprisonment. Comments on police interview process during investigation into allegations of sexual abuse made against this man, mentioning absence of Children's Services in process. Gives details of frequent sexual abuse from the age of 14 by older children in residence whilst at La Préférence. Recalls reporting abuse to a school nurse and dismissive response of staff at La Préférence.
Bailhache, Sir Philip Martin, Bailiff of Jersey
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