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Digital copy of Witness 381's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by DC [Detective Constable] Harvey.
September 25th 2008 - September 25th 2008
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Background and Home Life Provides details of her early life with her mother, father, and siblings, mentioning her parents’ separation, and mother’s marriage to another man. Refers to the lack of a father figure as a youngster due to an individual’s death when she was about four years old. Details her mother’s alcoholism, and the occasions on which her mother would take Witness 381 to the pub with her. Recalls being taken to the pub by her mother when Witness 381 was 7, and a male friend of her mother’s returning to their house for the night. Recalls her mother not allowing her to sleep in her mother’s bed that evening. Refers to an incident that occurred that night, leading to the arrival of the Police. Recalls being taken to the Police Station and speaking to Police Officers before being removed from the care of her mother. Institutions Recalls temporary placement at Brig-Y-Don Children’s Home by Social Services at the age of 3 due to her mother’s alcoholism. Details arrival at Haut de la Garenne, describing the building and the atmosphere. Describes the admission process at Haut de la Garenne, and her apprehension upon arrival. Refers to and describes the layout of Baintree, one of the four Groups at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning dormitories and bathrooms. Refers to the other three Groups, Aviemore, Claymore, and Dunluce. Recalls the location of the detention cells in Aviemore. Lists other children at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls members of Haut de la Garenne staff, such as Morag [Jordan], the head of Baintree Group, and her husband Tony [Jordan]. Describes another male member of Baintree Group staff as a bully, and another female member of staff. Refers to multiple other members of staff. Details the daily routine at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning showers, breakfast, school, chores, homework, dinner, television, and bedtime. Refers to the intercoms outside each room allowing staff to hear residents talking. Describes the detention cells at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls asking for a pair of boots from her mother, and Morag and another member of staff’s reaction. Refers to the [Matron]’s abrupt tone, and a holiday to America. Recalls leaving Haut de la Garenne and returning to the care of her mother, and her subsequent attempted transfer to a home at Le Squez [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home], due to her mother’s alcoholism. Provides recollections of [Alan] and [Jane] Maguire, comparing [Jane] Maguire to Morag [Jordan]. Comments on her fostering by a couple, and their fostering of a second female former Haut de la Garenne resident. Refers to the couple’s dog, and jealousy from the second female former Haut de la Garenne resident. Details transfer to La Preference [Children’s Home], and later fostering by her mother’s best friend until the age of 17. States that she confided in her second foster mother about her experiences at Haut de la Garenne, and refers to her second foster mother’s death in 2001. Does not recall building work at Haut de la Garenne or deaths of children. Recalls having seen pictures of cellars at Haut de la Garenne in the media, but states she did not see the cellars in person. Social Services Names Child Care Officer Mr [Richard] Davenport. Abuse and Consequences Details instance of emotional abuse involving Morag Jordan when Witness 381 and a female resident were discovered awake one evening. Refers to instances of emotional abuse concerning other residents and mealtimes. Details instance of physical abuse involving Morag Jordan when Witness 381 was in the shower. Notes that she did not report the abuse to another member of staff or the [Superintendent], due to needing to have sought permission from the member of staff on duty (on that occasion Morag Jordan) before speaking [to the Superintendent). Describes physical abuse of a male resident aged about 14 by a [male member of staff]. Events since leaving Care Moved in with her boyfriend at the age of 17, before meeting her current partner. Refers to her child. Refers to media reports regarding Haut de la Garenne, and her response to seeing Morag [Jordan’s] face on the television. Details the consequences of her experiences at Haut de la Garenne on her adult life, mentioning the age of her child. Comments on her perceptions of her parenting skills, and the effects of her experiences on her parenting tactics.
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