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Digital copy of a Report on Witness 347 [Children's Officer] Patricia Thornton. Taken from the Children's Services client file of Witness 347. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 347's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police dated 19 March 2008, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/1/31/WS000153.
April 29th 1969 - April 29th 1969
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Refers to Adoption Order made in the Royal Court in Jersey in 1959. Reports that Witness 347 first became known to the Children's Department in 1962 after his [adoptive] mother had a nervous breakdown, and Witness 347 was placed in a short-stay foster home. Refers to [Witness 347's adoptive parents'] marital difficulties and a request for Witness 347's Adoption Order to be rescinded. Comments on [Witness 347's adoptive mother's] second nervous breakdown and admission to hospital, after which Witness 347 was placed in foster home before being transferred to Haut de la Garenne. Details Witness 347 returning to the care of his [adoptive mother] and his education at La Moye School. Mentions Witness 347 objecting to attending Church three times a day on a Sunday and attending bible reading evenings during the week, mentioning Witness 347 absconding from his home and suffering from incontinence. Comments on Witness 347's transfer to the Family Group Home at 108 Clos des Sables, mentioning instances of stealing. Refers to Witness 347 being referred to the Child Guidance Clinic, and his transfer to an [English] boarding school, mentioning Dr Maureen J Collins. Details Witness 347 absconding from his boarding school. Refers to Witness 347 being sexually abused by a man he met at Waterloo Station, and Witness 347's return to Clos des Sables Family Group Home on 11 October 1968. Comments on Witness 347's continued stealing and his inappropriate behaviour towards younger girls. Recommends that Witness 347 be transferred to Haut de la Garenne, and requests that an Order for Care or Protection be obtained in respect of Witness 347 so that requests by [Witness 347's adoptive parents] for Witness 347 to return to their care can be dealt with appropriately.
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