Comments

Digital copy of Witness 210's statement to Inquiry providing an account of her experiences in care under the States of Jersey, with respect to her time at Haut de la Garenne and Clos des Sables Family Group Home. [Some details redacted].

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Reference

C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/25/WS000464

Date

February 11th 2015 - February 11th 2015

Scope and Content

Background and Home Life Details birth in Jersey in 1965 and early life with mother, father, and siblings. Describes mother’s work ethic and behaviour towards her children. Refers to her father’s alcoholism, and an early memory of breaking her ankle and her father bringing her sweets. Institutions Refers to initial overnight stay at Haut de la Garenne in 1976 after being discovered at home alone, and her admission into care in 1978 whilst her parents were divorcing. Recounts arriving at Haut de la Garenne on Christmas Eve, and her expectation that she would only be required to stay at Haut de la Garenne during her parents’ divorce proceedings. Recalls being informed by Child Care Officer Dorothy Ingles [Inglis] that Witness 210 would be required to remain in care until the age of 18. Comments on the reasoning behind her admission into care, mentioning her father’s remand in prison during the divorce proceedings. Remarks that her father did not abuse his family, but recalls being hit with a belt once. Recalls the four dormitories at Haut de la Garenne: Aviemore, Baintree, Claymore and Dunluce. Following her placement into Claymore [Group] Witness 210 shared a bedroom with her sister, whilst her other sister was already a member of Baintree [Group]. Recalls that she and her sister were not allowed to visit their sister in Baintree, and would be put into confinement [detention] if they did. Refers to separation from her sister in Claymore, and her sister’s placement in another bedroom. Comments that due to new children arriving at Haut de la Garenne, children were regularly moved around. Recalls her bed being near a drainpipe that she would use to escape. Names other residents at Haut de la Garenne. Shares recollections of staff at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning Faye Campbell, Morag Jordan, and Tony [Jordan]. Recalls the fields at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning a cannon and cigarettes. Refers to the Haut de la Garenne staff flats above the detention cells. Describes the daily routine at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning dressing, school, tea, and bed in the early evening. Recalls the kitchen near Claymore [Group], and that children would sit at tables assigned to their dormitories whilst eating their meals. Refers to her education at St Helier Girls School, and other female residents’ education at Le Rocquier School. Refers to visits from her mother during her early time at Haut de la Garenne. Mentions being able to visit her father, and notes records that show her father would attempt to ring to speak to Witness 210 regularly. Describes the detention cells at Haut de la Garenne, commenting on their location and facilities. Recalls being placed in the detention cells four or five times during her tenure at Haut de la Garenne, for as many as four days at a time. Recalls absconding from Haut de la Garenne and drinking alcohol due to her experiences there. Mentions running away with another resident down St Saviours Hill to visit Witness 210’s mother, where they were met by Witness 210’s Child Care Officer. Refers to their escape to the Cherry Orchard estate. Refers to her mother informing Witness 210 that if she let Witness 210 in to her property, her mother could be charged with harbouring a child. Details the involvement of the [States of Jersey] Police in returning children to Haut de la Garenne. Comments on the placement of children in the detention cells at Haut de la Garenne as a punishment for absconding. Recalls being placed with her sister at Clos des Sables Family Group Home by Dorothy Ingles [Inglis] from January 1980. Refers to the Clos des Sables Family Group Home [Houseparent] Leslie [Hughes]. Describes the Clos des Sables Family Group Home. Recalls the location of her sister’s bedroom, and sneaking her boyfriend into her room at night so he could stay with her. Social Services Recalls instructing a Solicitor to assist her in obtaining her records from Children’s Services, mentioning a copy of her Case History [see Exhibit 1: C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/32/WD004145/1]. Recalls a male Child Care Officer who delivered her to and her sister to Haut de la Garenne by car on Christmas Eve, and Child Care Officer Dorothy Ingles [Inglis]. Abuse and Consequences Details emotional abuse, physical abuse, and neglect by Morag Jordan. Details sexual abuse by a male member of staff, as referred to in her statement to States of Jersey Police dated 19 August 2009 [see Exhibit 2: C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/32/WD004145/2, and C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/25/WD000279]. Confided in her mother about the abuse, and recalls her mother informing [Haut de la Garenne Superintendent] Mr [Jim] Thompson [Thomson]. Refers to her mother being prevented from visiting Witness 210 at Haut de la Garenne soon after her mother made her complaint. Refers to sexual abuse of other female residents by Leslie [Hughes] at the Clos des Sables Family Group Home. Events since leaving Care Moved out of Clos des Sables at the age of 16 to live with her boyfriend and his parents. Refers to marriage to her boyfriend at the age of seventeen, with permission sought from Dorothy Ingles [Inglis], and the Clos des Sables Family Group Home [houseparents], naming Leslie [Hughes]. Recalls Dorothy Ingles turning up uninvited at Witness 210’s wedding. Describes how, once a child had married, they were deemed to be out of the care [of the Education Committee]. Recalls speaking with a Solicitor in order to gain copies of her [Children’s Services] records so that she could ascertain why she was taken into, and kept in, care. Refers to an application prepared by her Solicitor, and a psychiatric report prepared by Dr [Anthony] Maden in which there were a number of errors. Refers to the breakdown of her marriage, and her difficulties in maintaining a relationship with her son due to the actions of her former husband’s family. Refers to the discovery of letters written to her whilst she was Haut de la Garenne by one of her early boyfriends that period of imprisonment. Details consequences of her experiences in care, noting her relationships with her sisters, and her alcoholism. Mentions her engagement with the Drug and Alcohol Service in order to avert her dependency on alcohol. Notes that she and her sisters do not discuss their time in care. Refers to her discovery that one of her sisters was abused by Leslie [Hughes], and being informed by her mother that Witness 210 herself had also been abused by Leslie [Hughes]. Details difficulty building relationships after leaving care, and her lack of confidence and feelings of isolation. Describes having taken overdoses since leaving Haut de la Garenne, mentioning an admission to intensive care, and the prescription of medication. Details her feelings of claustrophobia. Confirms that she would not be willing to provide oral evidence to the Inquiry as a result of the abuse she suffered whilst in care.

Names

Aviemore
Baintree
Claymore
Children's Services
Clos des Sables Family Group Home
Dunluce
Haut de la Garenne
Le Rocquier School
St Helier Girls School
States of Jersey Police
Campbell, Faye
Hughes, Leslie
Inglis, Dorothy
Jordan, Tony
Jordan, Morag
Maden, Anthony, Professor
Thomson, Jim

Keywords

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1 pdf file

Language

English

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