Digital copy of a Memorandum from Mrs B Chappell, Senior Child Care Officer to Mr J Rodhouse, Director of Education concerning Witness 43. Copied to Mr C A Smith, Children's Officer, Mr D J Castledine, Child Care Officer and Mr A J Skinner, Senior Child Care Officer. Taken from the Children's Services client file of Witness 43. [Some details redacted]. For the transcript of Witness 43's tape recorded interview with the States of Jersey Police dated 18 July 2008, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/1/WS000124.

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October 8th 1981 - October 8th 1981

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Refers to a meeting a Haut de la Garenne between Chappell, Mr [Jim] Thomson, Superintendent at Haut de la Garenne and Castledine, Witness 43's Child Care Officer. Gives details about Witness 43's living arrangement and discussion regarding Witness 43's loss of employment and future care arrangements, mentioning possibility of a transfer to the Boys' Hostel. Gives details of allegations concerning sexual activity involving Witness 43 and younger children in residence at Haut de la Garenne. Describes subsequent action taken by staff, apparent confession by Witness 43 of sexual offences and subsequent denial of allegations upon interviews by Castledine and Thomson. Gives details of an investigation by Thomson into allegations concerning another child, subsequent interview of [his father] and [father's] wish that Witness 43 be removed his son's group [at Haut de la Garenne]. Refers to discussion regarding action to be taken in light of allegations made against Witness 43, including opinion of Castledine and Haut de la Garenne staff that removing Witness 43 from the home would have negative consequences on Witness 43. Refers to suggestion that Witness 43 remain at Haut de la Garenne under constant supervision. Cites primary concern as being ensuring protection of other children in residence, and assurances given by Thomson with respect to handling the situation. Makes note of disucssion with Castledine and Skinner regarding alternative residential placements, possibility of Witness 43 being admitted to a catering course and the involvement of [Education Psychologist] Mr [H] Birtwistle. Notes that a Case Conference is to be convened [see C/D/AW1/A3/6/1/2/WD000973 and C/D/AW1/A3/6/1/2/WD000975].


Birtwistle, H
Castledine, D J
Chappell, Brenda
Rodhouse, John
Skinner, A J
Smith, C A
Thomson, J H
Children's Services
Education Department
Haut de la Garenne


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