Digital copy of Witness 122's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences under the care of the States of Jersey, primarily at Haut de la Garenne. Signature witnessed by Police Constable [Sian] Gidley. [Some details redacted].

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March 3rd 2008 - March 3rd 2008

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Background and Home Life Gives details of background and early years at home. Born in Jersey in 1963 and placed into Haut de la Garenne at a young age, citing instability at home owing to parents' extramarital affairs and them constant arguing and fighting. Vague memory of seeing his sibling in [Westaway] Crèche. Institutions Recollections of numerous placements at Haut de la Garenne throughout childhood up to school-leaving age. Remembers four groups at Haut de la Garenne, naming Aviemore, Baintree, Claymore and Dunloose [Dunluce]. Recalls placement in Claymore and attempts by staff to keep families together within groups. Gives details of daily routine, mentioning punishment, mealtimes, leisure time and sleeping arrangements. Includes description of an intercom system in the bedrooms at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls experiences with staff at Haut de la Garenne as having been generally positive. Refers to a list of names of children and staff at Haut de la Garenne during Witness 122's time in residence. Comments on being thrown out of Haut de la Garenne aged 15 for misbehaviour, claiming to have been framed by another child. Abuse and Consequences Recollections of physical abuse by staff at Haut de la Garenne, recalling subjection to corporal punishment for misbehaviour. Includes description of two detention rooms at the home, mentioning location within Haut de la Garenne, facilities therein and strip-searching carried out by male members of staff. Recalls being placed in detention rooms on three separate occasions for 48 hours at a time. Also includes recollections of emotional abuse by staff for incorrectly answering questions. Gives details of sexual abuse by another child at Haut de la Garenne when Witness 122 was aged 13. Refers to witnesses to the incident. Recalls confronting his abuser at school about the incident and the boy's response to Witness 122's allegations. Events since leaving Care Describes permanent emotional and physical impact of experiences during childhood at Haut de la Garenne, referring to time in institutions and prisons since leaving care.


Gidley, Sian, Police Constable
Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police
Westaway Crèche


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