Digital copy of an Email from [Detective Sergeant] Michael Shearer to [Detective Inspector] Bob Bonney providing an update in respect of an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse made by Witness 4 against a male member of staff at a residential respite centre. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 4's statement to the Inquiry dated 17 July 2014 see C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/1/WS000493.

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April 5th 2002 - April 5th 2002

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Refers to Witness 4's disclosure of sexual abuse against 4 or 5 boys, noting lack of information provided that identifies the suspect. Comments on success of interview, praising [Police Constable] Dave [Hill] and commenting on the invaluability of his skills in respect of the interview process to the success of the enquiry. Comments on the potential scope of the enquiry, noting need for additional and specialised resources, and plan of action required. Refers to considering an approach to all staff, parents and children and examination of the full employment history of any suspect, noting possibility of this leading to enquiries at other homes in Jersey. Suggests delaying external enquiries until the remainder of the suspected victims are spoken to. Expresses concern regarding suggestion that staff members were aware of alleged abuse, that an individual was sacked, dismissed or allowed to resign, and that a staff member witnessed Witness 4 being abused but took no action, commenting on implications of this. Suggests that contacts at the Children's Service be limited to [Child Care Officer] Sarah Brace, commenting on approach going forward. Includes note about Shearer being on leave until 18 April 2002. [Date of document ascertained to be 5 April 2002 from information in C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/2/WD004825],


Bonney, Robert, Detective Inspector
Brace, Sarah
Hill, David, Police Constable
Shearer, Michael, Detective Sergeant
Children's Service
Family Protection Team
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police


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