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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March 27th 2002 - March 27th 2002

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Refers to meeting with Witness 4's father and Shearer's subsequent assumption of responsibility for the investigation. Discusses possibility of several other potential victims, making remarks about their vulnerability. Notes that the suspect of the investigation continues to work with children, commenting on possibility that he has contact with senior Children's Service staff, noting need to limit scope of contact with the Children's Service as a result. Mentions involvement of [Child Care Officer] Sarah Brace. Comments on the potential scope of the investigation, comparing it to Gloucester. Details necessary action to be taken in respect of the investigation, particularly with regards to the supect. Remarks that the investigation and the States of Jersey Police's handling of it could be of interest to the public and the press with respect to the exploitation and sexual abuse of vulnerable children in the care of Social Services, noting need to approach the investigation correctly from the outset. Comments on need for specialised skills for the interview process of the investigation, recommending the involvement of Dave Hill due to his prior experience and training and retainment of Hill within the Family Protection Team. Finishes with Shearer inviting Bonney to attend a strategy meeting between himself and Brace. [Date of document ascertained to be 27 March 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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