Digital copy of Witness 120’s interview with Civilian Officer Michael Pick and Community Police Officer Dawn Pearce providing an account of her experiences under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily with respect to her time at Haut de la Garenne. [Some details redacted].

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February 16th 2008 - February 16th 2008

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Institutions Includes recollections of her time at Haut de la Garenne. Describes Haut de la Garenne swimming pool, detention cells, car park, bathrooms, laundrette, and steamroller and swings in the play area. Recalls dolmens and fields nearby. Details instance of a younger resident almost drowning in the swimming pool, and rescue by another individual. Recalls discovering a hand in bushes near Haut de la Garenne whilst hiding with another Haut de la Garenne resident. Describes watching an older Haut de la Garenne resident fall to his death after climbing on the rocks near Mont Orgueil, recalling Mandy from Yorkshire ringing an ambulance. Suggests a resident was killed at Haut de la Garenne, commenting that circumstances of death were not indicative of suicide. Describes location of a body at Haut de la Garenne, near the play area. Recalls other residents at Haut de la Garenne, raising queries as to what has happened to them following their association at Haut de la Garenne. Shares recollections of staff at Haut de la Garenne, including staff who were later members of [States of Jersey] Police. Refers to residents being placed in the Detention Rooms and stealing food from the kitchen at Haut de la Garenne. Mentions Battle of Flowers, and La Preference Children’s Home. Mentions Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee of 1987 [presumed to refer to Silver Jubilee of 1977]. Refers to lack of contact with physician, and experiences with psychiatrist [Dr] Foggerty [Fogarty], mentioning medication they were prescribed. Social Services Abuse and consequences Refers to emotional abuse by a female member of staff. Refers to physical and sexual abuse whilst resident at Haut de la Garenne, naming sexual abuser. Events since leaving care Describes changes in Jersey since his time in care at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to recent plans for Haut de la Garenne, mentioning youth hostel and accommodation. Comments that former residents should have been consulted on the building’s future. Refers to other former residents’ contact with Police. Refers to current mental health, mentioning contact with psychiatrist, depression, medication, and admission to hospital following a near nervous breakdown. Refers to own alcoholism. Mentions going back to Jersey to visit family in the next week.


Haut de la Garenne
La Préférence Children's Home
Mont Orgueil
States of Jersey
Fogarty, J P F, Dr
Pick, Michael, Civilian Investigator
Thomson, Jim


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