Digital copy of Pages 1 and 2 of a Report to the Royal Court in respect of Witness 172 by Colin Tilbrook, Superintendent, Haut de la Garenne. [Some details redacted]. Taken from the Children's Services client file of Witness 172.

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April 1st 1964 - April 30th 1964

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Describes Haut de la Garenne as a Combined Reception Centre, Remand Home and Children's Home. Refers to Witness 172's voluntary admission to Haut de la Garenne in July 1962 on the instructions of the Constable of St Helier because of persistent truancy from two schools including St Helier Boys' School and reports of petty pilfering. Includes comments about Witness 172's behaviour and personality since his admission to Haut de la Garenne, referring to intelligence and difficulty in establishing relationships, distrustfulness and unreliability. Comments on progress in respect of Witness 172's training, noting improvements and receptiveness to the discipline and routine of Haut de la Garenne. Mentions episodes of unsettled behaviour, abscondences, stealing, and breaking and entering and stealing. Comments on gradual improvement in behaviour thereafter, mentioning his confirmation at Grouville Church. Refers to medical problems of Witness 172, mentioning bedwetting and need for a tonsillectomy. Also includes comments about Witness 172's attainment and ability at school, noting regular attendance and promotion to an A steam. Comments on Witness 172's lack of stamina, citing health difficulties, unstable home background, poor example set by family members, parents' resistance to him receiving voluntary residential training and inherent psychological weakness. Describes Witness 172 responding only to residential training of all the methods of help made available to him, noting lack of success of voluntary supervision. Recommends Witness 172 is placed in a controlled environment, ideally Haut de la Garenne, and need for lengthy training noting suggestion that he remain at Haut de la Garenne and school for a further two years. Describes residential setting as best chance of Witness 172 being rehabilitated, commenting on likelihood that a place be found in a residential school for maladjusted children for him. [For Page 3 of this Report, see C/D/AW1/A3/6/1/20/WD001607].


Tilbrook, Colin
Bailiff of Jersey
Children's Services
Constable of St Helier
Grouville Church
Haut de la Garenne
Royal Court
St Helier Boys' School


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