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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 1 of 2. For part 2 of Witness 167’s witness statement to States of Jersey Police see C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/WS000640]. Recorded by V [Valerie] J Davidson. [Some details redacted].
September 29th 2008 - September 29th 2008
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Background and Home Life Refers to home visit by two States of Jersey Police Officers on 1 September 2008, and an interview regarding Witness 167’s residency at Haut de la Garenne. Admitted into care at the age of six weeks old due to mother being unable to look after her. Refers to death of mother and her unknown paternity. Describes sibling, with whom she was fostered and resident at Haut de la Garenne. Institutions Initially resided at Haut de la Garenne between the age of six months and two to three years old. Provides recollections of early memories in Aviemore Wing, which catered for babies and young children. Transferred to foster care until the age of twelve years old, listing members of the family she lived with. Recalls her bedroom in their council house. Mentions occasions during term of foster care in which she was admitted to Haut de la Garenne. Details breakdown of relationship with first foster parents at the age of twelve, mentioning stealing and drinking alcohol, and being bound over for two years. Recalls being taken to Haut de la Garenne by her social worker [Child Care Officer] Richard Davenport, arriving in the evening when the other children were already dressed for bed. Describes finding spare ill-fitting nightclothes to wear, commenting on the embarrassment caused by wearing the garments. Recalls the daunting atmosphere in the television room, and a child seeking a cuddle from her. Recalls her first Christmas at Haut de la Garenne. Names Jim Thomson as the head [Superintendent], Morag Jordan, Tony Jordan, Phil Le Baille [Le Bail] and other members of staff. Details the ages of children distributed between Aviemore, Baintree, Claymore, and Dunluce houses [Groups] at Haut de la Garenne, commenting that she resided in Dunluce for the majority of the time. Provides recollections of Jim Thomson, mentioning the possibility of a deceased wife, possible alcoholism, his age, and living arrangements. Recalls Jim Thomson advising Witness 167 that she could not be caned for misbehaviour due to her gender, and that she would be punished by being allocated the washing up instead. Describes meeting with Jim Thomson in which he informed her of the death of Witness 167’s mother, and that Witness 167 would be expected to start the [contraceptive] pill. Challenged Jim Thomson over his assertion that all the female residents at Haut de la Garenne over a certain age were sexually active. Describes the arrival of a female member of staff, mentioning the office and [her relationship with] Jim Thomson. Provides recollections regarding Morag and Tony Jordan’s relationship, and their personalities and appearances. Describes a pleasant weekend in which a female member of staff took Witness 167 and another female resident into her home. Describes the manipulative behaviour exhibited by one female member of staff, mentioning the difference in her interactions with social workers and Haut de la Garenne residents. Recalls trips to town with Phil Le Baille [Le Bail], mentioning his motor cycle, and pubs. Recalls an individual [presumed to be staff] and his friend, and their sexual activity with a female person at the Dolmens. Provides recollections of her experiences with other children at Haut de la Garenne. Describes how she acted as a boy in order to protect herself at Haut de la Garenne. Mentions how other children would abuse solvents, to the knowledge of staff. Refers to the atmosphere at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning rigid time keeping, fear, and intimidation. Recalls kindness shown to her by her second foster mother. Social Services Provides recollections of [Child Care Officer] Richard Davenport, criticising his approach to Witness 167’s case. Recalls meeting with a temporary social worker at Haut de la Garenne who appeared not to be informed about the reason Witness 167’s had been admitted to Haut de la Garenne. Describes how visits by social workers to Haut de la Garenne were supervised by a member of Haut de la Garenne staff, and how their presence influenced her interactions with social workers. Requested information from a Social Worker regarding her family when Witness 167 was sixteen. Recalls learning of other siblings. Abuse and consequences Recalls sexual abuse by a male member of her first foster family. Reported abuse to her foster mother, who responded with physical abuse. Witnessed Tony Jordan physically assault male Haut de la Garenne residents. Confided in Phil Le Baille [Le Bail] about physical abuse taking place at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls another member of staff dismissing a complaint about Morag Jordan’s treatment of Witness 167. Recalls the emotional and physical abuse of a young girl who was locked in a cupboard, and who later left Haut de la Garenne. Recalls physical and emotional abuse towards Haut de la Garenne residents, mentioning members of staff including a female member of staff previously described as manipulative, a member of the Baintree [Group] staff, and Morag and Tony Jordan. Refers to [presumed] sexual abuse of male residents by a male member of the Baintree [Group] staff, mentioning the detention rooms. Details visits to Haut de la Garenne by a man who had sexually abused one female resident, and subsequently sexually abused Witness 167. Recalls confiding in a member of staff who did not believe her.
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