Digital copy of a letter from Children's Officer Patricia Thornton to the Constable of St Helier K [Keith] A Baal. Taken from the Children's Services client file of Witness 136. [Some details redacted].

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March 20th 1968 - March 20th 1968

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Relates to Witness 136, her brothers and parents. Refers to lack of parental care shown for their children by Witness 136 and her sibling's parents, and recommends that Witness 136 and her sibling's parents be brought before the Royal Court, describing Witness 136's and her siblings as being in need of care and protection. Describes Witness 136's mother, mentioning an illegitimate child born in January 1960, a later marriage, and her care towards Witness 136's two older brothers. Details marital difficulties, and [Witness 136's mother's] move to Elizabeth House. Comments on discovery of Social Workers that [Witness 136's mother] was a heavy drinker. Refers to Witness 136's birth, and her transfer to Elizabeth House with her mother and two older brothers. Comments on Witness 136's mother being placed on probation following a charge of being drunk whilst in charge of her children, and Witness 136 and her siblings being admitted to Westaway Creche. Refers to opinion of [psychiatrist] Dr [J P F] Fogarty. Refers to the birth of Witness 136's younger brother at the Jersey Maternity Hospital, and Witness 136 and her siblings being transferred to Haut de la Garenne. Comments on the marital difficulties between Witness 136's parents, and [Witness 136's father] being placed on probation for assaulting his wife. Mentions Probation Orders, the Magistrates Court, the Royal Court, and the Attorney General.


Children's Services
Elizabeth House
Haut de la Garenne
Magistrates Court
Maternity Hospital
Royal Court
Westaway Crèche
Baal, Keith
Fogarty, J P F, Dr
Thornton, Patricia


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