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Digital copy of the witness statement of a former female member of staff at Haut de la Garenne given to the States of Jersey Police. Signature witnessed by [Phil] Kershaw. Includes evidence relating to Witness 123. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 123's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police dated 20 February 2008, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/5/WS000129 and C/D/AW1/A3/6/1/7/WD002008.
April 2nd 2008 - April 2nd 2008
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Background Born in 1939. Met husband aged 17 or 18 and married in 1958. Recalls seeing an advertisement for a job as House Parents at Haut de la Garenne children's home and travelling with husband to Jersey for an interview. Gives details of interview process mentioning presence of Mr Colin Tilbrook, Superintendent, and the head of the Children's Office [P L Thornton] and receiving job offer in respect of the junior group despite lack of childcare experience. Haut de la Garenne Gives details of her employment and her husband's employment at Haut de la Garenne from 1966. Refers to conversation with Detective Constable [Corrine] Cameron regarding clarification of the dates of her employment as per the staff records relating to the children's home. Refers to move to the senior group shortly after arriving at Haut de la Garenne. Includes recollections of other members of staff employed at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning heads of the junior group, the matron of the crèche, a laundryman, trainees, a female employee in the crèche. Includes recollections of the property, providing details of staff accomodation mentioning the flat used by Mr and Mrs Tilbrook. Also includes recollections of children in residence at Haut de la Garenne, including girls aged 10 to 14 and boys aged 11 to 14 in the senior group. Gives details of daily routine, including arrangements with respect to personal hygiene, eating, schooling and overall supervision of the process by Tilbrook. Describes work carried out whilst children were at school, and an evening rota for the juniors and seniors to wash up. Recalls watching the news in the junior's playroom each evening and leisure activities for children at the home, referring to permission required from Tilbrook if children wished to leave the home. Provides overview of rules and regulations at Haut de la Garenne with respect to toiletting, family visits, punishment for misbehaviour and homework. Gives details of an incident involving Tilbrook and a young girl, indicating that Tilbrook was the only [member of staff] to give punishment for misbehaviour. Recalls similarity in her daily routine to that of her husband, mentioning varied employment history before joining Haut de la Garenne. Gives detaills about husband driving children to school and for trips in a van. Refers to husband's interactions with children in residence with respect to leisure and sport activities. Refers toi husband's death in 1985. Refers to inability to have children and decision with husband to adopt given their experience of child care. Mentions adoption of a boy born in 1968 and residence with the couple at Haut de la Garenne until 1970, in which year they left the children's home. Cites husband's hospitalisation and incapacitation due to an injury, and her refusal to assume to extra duties at Haut de la Garenne as reason for submitting letter of resignation to Tilbrook. No recollection of camping trips for children whilst at Haut de la Garenne. Reflects on time at Haut de la Garenne, referring to her relationship with the children and opinion of punishment. Abuse and Consequences Gives details of witnessing emotional abuse by Mr Tilbrook towards a young girl aged 12 at Haut de la Garenne. Comments on allegations made against her husband relating to physical and sexual abuse of children made known to her by Detective Constable [Corrine] Cameron. States to have no knowledge of, nor ever having bore witness to, physical or sexual abuse by her husband. Comments on knowledge of the detention room at Haut de la Garenne. Describes learning of the existence of the room after a couple of years employed at Haut de la Garenne, following incident involving a boy placed in the detention room. Recalls being asked to go down with Tilbrook and her husband to place the boy in the detention cell. States it to have been the only occasion on which she knew the detention room be used. Refers to her and her husband reporting possible sexual abuse by a male member of staff at Haut de la Garenne to Tilbrook and the man subsequently leaving the children's home shortly after. Witness 123 Recalls inviting some girls, mainly Witness 123, up to her and her husband's flat at Haut de la Garenne. Comments on close relationship with Witness 123, referring to a pseudo-adoption arrangement, helping Witness 123 get a job after she left school, Witness 123's marriage and Witness 123 and her family going on holidays with her and her husband. Describes sustained and continuous contact with Witness 123 until  and attempts to contact Witness 123 following news reports concerning [historic child abuse] at Haut de la Garenne. Employment after Haut de la Garenne Gives details of job histories of her and her husband after leaving Haut de la Garenne, noting numerous employments within the child care system. Refers to an incident whilst employed in London whereby they were approached by two girls who were residents of Haut de la Garenne during their employ. Recalls discovering the girls had run away and subsequently contacting the police. Recalls maintaining contact with former colleagues at Haut de la Garenne, including two individuals who moved to work as house parents for her and her husband. Describes employment in the child care sector until 1983 and death of husband in 1985. Statement finishes with reflections on the [police] investigation into historic child abuse. Comments on modifications made by occupying German forces at Haut de la Garenne [Jersey Home for Boys] during the Second World War, recalling no building work being carried out during her time employed at the home in the 1970s. Suggests some allegations of abuse may have been fabricated.
Cameron, Corrine, Detective Constable
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