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Digital copy of Witness 167’s witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences in care, primarily with reference to her time at Haut de la Garenne and in foster care. [Part 2 of 2. For part 1 of Witness 167’s witness statement to States of Jersey Police see C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/12/WS000641]. Recorded by V [Valerie] J Davidson. [Some details redacted].
September 29th 2008 - September 29th 2008
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Institutions Recalls a suspected psychosomatic illness when Witness 167 [lived with her first foster family]. Describes the culture of fear, intimidation and disorientation at Haut de la Garenne. Describes location of Haut de la Garenne, mentioning Gorey, Dolmens, and a German bunker. Recalls the intercom system and the snooker room. Recalls how guests to Haut de la Garenne would be shown around the newly renovated Aviemore rather than Haut de la Garenne. Describes how children would be dressed in better clothes and would have access to better toys when Haut de la Garenne was being visited by Politicians or other visitors. Recalls being informed by older children about black magic taking place in the German bunker, and, after visiting the bunker, believing the older children. Recalls people who did not work at Haut de la Garenne being present at night. Comments on the difference in treatment between children with families and friends outside Haut de la Garenne, and children without such connections. Refers to children being placed in the detention rooms at Haut de la Garenne as a punishment. Recalls the provisions of the detention rooms, such as a bed and a potty. Recalls other punishments, such as being made to wash the dishes. Recalls smoking Dumarier [Du Maurier] cigarettes, and treating the cigarettes as a form of currency with which she could trade with other children. Mentions that staff were aware that children were smoking. Recalls Haut de la Garenne staff filling out forms each day regarding life at Haut de la Garenne. Contests the contents of the records, and their erasure of the actions of staff. Recalls that children should have been allocated an amount of money, between £100 and £160, each year, to be put toward the purchase of clothes. Comments that children were also to be allocated a Special, a person responsible for one to one contact with a child, mentioning the purchase of new clothes. Remembers wanting Phil Le Baille [Le Bail] to be her Special, and provides details of her different Specials. Recalls being bought a new top by a friend’s mother, and treasuring the shirt as Witness 167 had not been bought new clothes for some time. Refers to a trip arranged by the Variety Club to Disney and the Epcot Centre in America, which Witness 167 was not allowed to go on. Recalls being promised shopping trips that never materialised, and a lunch at West Centre with [a member of staff]. Details prevalence of self-harm amongst the children at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls self-harming whilst depressed, leading to hospital treatment on one occasion. Remembers a member of [Haut de la Garenne] staff informing Witness 167 how to injure herself to a greater degree through self-harm. Recalls that many children bore homemade green cross tattoos, and that children would pierce the ears of others. Mentions that the female residents suffered with bulimia. Recalls how her treatment at Haut de la Garenne improved when she reached fourteen. Remembers absconding from Haut de la Garenne, returning on one occasion in the back of a police car with a boy. Recalls being told by Haut de la Garenne staff that the residents would end up in Borstal. Transferred to her second foster home at the age of sixteen. Remembers her shock at learning that her foster parents’ son was involved in conversations and decisions, as she had not been at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being reassured about her weight by her second foster family, in contrast to the behaviour of staff at Haut de la Garenne. Remembers her surprise when her foster mother called a doctor for Witness 167, in contrast to the actions of staff at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls running away from Haut de la Garenne at the age of fifteen or sixteen to live with her boyfriend, mentioning phoning Social Services to declare Universal Declaration of Independence. Remembers watching Countdown on Channel 4 at a hotel before moving in with her boyfriend and his mother. Describes her boyfriend’s increasingly abusive behaviour, and the circumstances surrounding her leaving his house. Details education at Le Rocquier School, mentioning Deputy Headmaster Brian Bullock and his treatment of children from Haut de la Garenne. Recalls the negative response from Haut de la Garenne staff when she transferred to a Grammar School, later completing her O Levels and A Levels. Abuse and consequences Refers to physical abuse by staff, mentioning Morag and Tony Jordan. Describes emotional abuse by Morag Jordan of residents who had wet the bed. Recalls inappropriate comments made by Morag Jordan about the girls’ laundry. Describes sexual abuse between Haut de la Garenne residents in the grounds near the Steam Roller. Comments how the sexual abuse skewered her perceptions of normal sexual behaviour. Details how children would exhibit bruises gained from physical interactions with staff. Recalls asking a female member of staff if Witness 167 could be bought a bra, only to be told to wear a vest instead. Recalls feeling that no one would believe allegations of abuse concerning the treatment of children at Haut de la Garenne. Confided in [Child Care Officer] Richard Davenport about abuse by a [male member of her first foster family], and reported her conversation with [Haut de la Garenne Superintendent] Jim Thomson regarding the death of her mother. Provides details of Richard Davenport’s response. Events after leaving Care Left Jersey for University, and did not return to the island. Has not been approached by the press regarding the investigation into Haut de la Garenne, and has attempted to distance herself from news reports. Recalls conversations with individuals who had known Witness 167 during her childhood, regarding her experiences in care. Criticises the Jersey Care system, and refers to members of staff who helped her through her time in care, such as Phil Le Baille [Le Bail]. Would like the experiences of the children at Haut de la Garenne and in care to be acknowledged.
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