Comments

Digital copy of Documents relating to a Case Conference held at Les Quennevais School on 20 October 1972 in respect of Witness 400 and his siblings. [Some details redacted]. Taken from the Children's Services client file of Witness 400. For Witness 400's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police dated 6 March 2008, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/46/WS000273.

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Reference

C/D/AW1/A3/6/1/51/WD002033

Date

October 17th 1972 - October 27th 1972

Scope and Content

[Includes duplicates of the same documents with differing levels of redaction]. 1. Page 1 of a Case Conference held at Les Quennevais School on 20 October 1972 in respect of Witness 400 and his siblings. Lists the Children's Officer Mr C A Smith, the Chairman of the Children's Sub-Committee Mr R Le Cornu, the Constable of St Peter Mr W P Le Marquand, Mr W E Challinor, [Headmaster], St Peter's School, Miss Andrews and Mrs Le Baile of St Peter's School, Mr E Tranter, [Headmaster], Les Quennevais School, Health Visitor Miss R L Curry, School Health Visitor Miss S Squibb, Senior Child Care Officer Mr M J Mogg, and Child Care Officer Mrs B Chappell, as present at the case conference. Gives details about Witness 400 and his siblings, noting his eldest sibling's residence at home, Witness 400 and two of his siblings' attendance at Les Quennevais School and attendance of four of Witness 400's siblings at St Peter's School. Refers to their committal to the Care of the Education Committee by the Royal Court in 1965. Includes comments by Smith about the intentions of the Children's Section to keep Witness 400 and his siblings at home and contrasting opinion of Challinor that the children should be removed from home, referring to his report dated 25 February 1971. Includes details about family developments from Chappell, noting the ceasing of visits by the children's mother to the family home. Describes one of the children as acting the role of mother to her siblings, noting impact on her employment. Refers to consensus of the attendees that a girl aged 16 should not be expected to cope with caring for her siblings. 2. Letter dated 17 October 1972 from Hillyer on behalf of E Tranter, Headmaster, Les Quennevais School to the Children's Officer, Mr [Charles] Smith regarding the welfare, hygiene and general outlook of Witness 400 and his siblings. Refers to Witness 400 and his siblings' attendance at Les Quennevais School. Comments on Witness 400's sister looking after her siblings despite being 15 years old, and the attendance records and personal hygiene of Witness 400 and his siblings, describing Witness 400's care and hygiene as chronic. Refers to Witness 400 and his siblings having clothing provided by Les Quennevais School and the Children's Dept [Department]. Gives details of action taken by the Head of Physical Education in respect of Witness 400. Also comments on impact of home conditions on the relationship between Witness 400 and his siblings. Comments on information from the Parish of St Peter about Witness 400's father's inability to cope and amount of his time spent in a public house, commenting on burden placed upon Witness 400's sister to care for her children. Finishes with recommendation that Witness 400 and his siblings be put in the care of an appropriate authoirty, mentioning possibility of foster homes as a suitable option. Expresses concern for future of the children if left in their present enviornment. 3. Letter dated 18 October 1972 from W E Challinor, Headmaster, St Peter's School to the Child Care Officer [Children's Officer], Mr [Charles] Smith regarding the hygiene and behaviour of Witness 400's [younger] siblings. Refers to deterioration of home conditions of Witness 400's siblings after temporary improvements in the hygiene and behaviour since a case meeting held at St Peter's Parish Hall on 25 February 1971. Refers to Witness 400 and his siblings being cared for by their 16 year old sister, mentioning complaints made about the children's behaviour. Requests arrangement of another case discussion in respect of Witness 400's family. 4. Pages 1, 3 and 4 of a Case Conference held at Les Quennevais School on 20 October 1972 in respect of Witness 400 and his siblings. Signed by Smith on 27 October 1972. For description of Page 1, see Document 1 above. Refers to opinion of Constable Le Marquand and Challinor that Witness 400's sister should be in employment rather than looking after the family, noting measure taken by Le Marquand to take the Family Allowance Book to pay the rent which had been arrears. Includes comments by Smith about the unsuitability of Haut de la Garenne as a placement for the family, referring to suggestion of a creation of a Family Group Home for the family. Includes Tranter's support for the Education Committee approving a Family Group Home. Includes report of Le Cornu following a visit to the family home of Witness 400 and his siblings, commenting on behaviour, hygiene, and poor home conditions. Includes comments about the children's perceived happiness, standards of hygiene and suggestion of a Home Help to be provided to the children. Provides a number of possible options available in respect of the care of Witness 400 and his siblings, including the provision of a Special Home Help, establishment of a Family Group Home or the removal of the children to another form of care. Includes comments about the children's parents, financial situation of the family and best intersts of the children. Includes comments by Chappell regarding Witness 400 not accepting his sister's authority. 5. Letter dated 17 October 1972 from Hillyer on behalf of E Tranter, Headmaster, Les Quennevais School to the Children's Officer, Mr [Charles] Smith regarding the welfare, hygiene and general outlook of Witness 400 and his siblings. For description, see Document 2 above. 6. Letter dated 18 October 1972 from W E Challinor, Headmaster, St Peter's School to the Child Care Officer [Children's Officer], Mr [Charles] Smith regarding the hygiene and behaviour of Witness 400's [younger] siblings. For description, see Document 3 above.

Names

Andrews, Miss
Challinor, W E
Chappell, Brenda
Curry, R L
Hillyer, L
Le Baile, Mrs
Le Cornu, R
Le Marquand, W P, Constable of St Peter
Mogg, M J
Smith, Charles
Squibb, S
Tranter, E
Children's Services
Children's Sub-Committee
Education Committee
Education Department
Haut de la Garenne
Les Quennevais School
Parish of St Peter
Royal Court
St Peter's School

Keywords

Haut de la Garenne | Les Quennevais | Pier Road | St Peter | St Peter's Parish Hall | behaviour | case conferences | Child Care Officers | child protection | childcare | Children | children's homes | Children's Officers | children's services | Committees | Constables | Correspondence | departments | Family Group Homes | Funding | headmasters | health visitors | hygiene | Letters | meetings | minutes | Parishes | payments | Public houses | reports | rental accommodation | Schools | Senior Child Care Officers | staff | teachers | witnesses

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Language

English

Level of description

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