Comments

Digital copy of Witness 389's witness statement to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne, at a Family Group Home, and in foster care. [Some details redacted].

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Reference

C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/41/WS000494

Date

February 20th 2015 - February 20th 2015

Scope and Content

Background and Home Life Details early childhood before moving to Jersey at the age of 10, due to his grandmother’s poor health. Refers to the “Aliens Department” in Jersey approving his mother’s application to move to Jersey, and his transfer to live in Jersey with her and one of his brothers. Refers to his mother’s ill-health, and his need to care for her due to his brothers’ employment. Recalls missing school, and his transfer to a Family Group Home by Social Services. Institutions Details transfer to the Family Group Home in January 1977, naming other children already resident. Refers to his difficulties settling in due to English being his second language. Describes his positive experiences of the foster parents and the foster children, and the foster children’s tendency to call the foster parents Mum and Dad. Refers to the death of his foster mother at the Family Group Home, and the death of his mother. Recalls transfer to a second foster family, and his fear of his foster mother. Recalls asking a friend’s mother to sew up his ripped trousers as he felt his foster mother considered him a financial burden. Comments on the failure of the foster placement, and his transfer to Haut de la Garenne. Names Aviemore, Baintree, Claymore, and Dunluce Groups at Haut de la Garenne. Comments that due to the number of children admitted to Haut de la Garenne, each group would regularly be comprised of a variety of ages rather than tiered according to age. Refers to the nursery within Aviemore, and the age range of the group spanning from months old to 17 years old. Recalls at least two members of staff being on duty with each group. Names [Haut de la Garenne Superintendent] Jim Thomson, [Haut de la Garenne Deputy Superintendent] Mr [William Allan Gilbert], Morag Jordan and Tony Jordan, and Matron Faye Campbell. Notes that only one member of staff would be present at night, and would cover Haut de la Garenne aided by the intercom system. Refers to feelings of shame and rejection by his second foster mother. Describes learning how to avoid bad behaviour at Haut de la Garenne. Details the rules and punishments at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning penalties for misbehaviour such as fines, or the suspension of privileges. Refers to the placement of children in the detention cells (within Aviemore) for particular instances of misbehaviour. Refers to caning as a form of corporal punishment, both at Haut de la Garenne and at school. Comments that staff only appeared to punish children for bad behaviour, and did not use more force than necessary in order to keep the residents under control. Describes his surprise at life at Haut de la Garenne, despite the regimental and institutional nature of the Children’s Home. Refers to the good standard of food at Haut de la Garenne, and holidays to France, the New Forest, Disneyworld, and camping in St Mary. Describes the close relationships between the residents. Refers to children hanging out in gangs, mentioning the steamroller and bunkers near Haut de la Garenne. Refers to an incident in which he absconded with a resident, and his general good behaviour whilst at Haut de la Garenne. Provides details regarding the incident in which he absconded with a female resident, mentioning St Brelade, and Police Officer Danny Wherry. Refers to questioning regarding sexual behaviour between Witness 389 and the female resident, and their subsequent return to Haut de la Garenne. Recalls the female resident’s placement in the detention cells, and Witness 389’s own loss of privileges and caning by Jim Thomson. Refers to a memorandum regarding the incident sent by Jim Thomson to [Children’s Officer] Charles Smith. Describes the stigma attached to residents at Haut de la Garenne, referring to perceptions of at school. Details the variety of reasons behind children having been admitted to Haut de la Garenne, listing misbehaviour, disability, learning difficulties, and family difficulties. Recalls attendance at St Helier Boys School, and his projected transfer to the care of individuals’ related to St Helier Boys School, organised by [Senior Child Care Officer] Anton Skinner and Jim Thomson. States that he remained in care at Haut de la Garenne until the age of 17. Notes that by the age of 17 Haut de la Garenne was in the process of being downsized. Refers to his employment and allocation of his own room. Refers to his wish to transfer to a bedsit rather than the Boys Hostel [Basil Lodge Hostel]. Social Services Names Child Care Officers Marilyn Dunford, Danny Wherry, and Jean Andrews. Refers to his recollections of Danny Wherry, and his aid in terms of financial support when Witness 389 was moving into his bedsit, and when he went on to [further education]. Abuse and Consequences Details emotional abuse by his second foster mother, mentioning expenses and threats regarding Haut de la Garenne. Refers to rumours concerning physical and sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne in relation to the detention cells. Refers to threats of physical abuse made by residents rather than staff at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to an instance of physical abuse mentioned in a memorandum from [Haut de la Garenne Matron] Faye Campbell to [Children’s Officer] Charles Smith. Details attempted sexual abuse by Haut de la Garenne resident Michael Aubin. Refers to knowledge of Michael Aubin’s reputation for sexual abuse. Reported the attempted sexual abuse to [Haut de la Garenne Deputy Superintendent] Mr [William Allan] Gilbert, and recalls Michael Aubin’s transfer to the Boys Hostel [Basil Lodge Hostel] shortly afterwards. Refers to allegations of physical and sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne made by former residents, including by the female resident with whom he absconded. States that he did not witness any abuse whilst at Haut de la Garenne, and kept in touch with several members of staff. Events since leaving Care Refers to Michael Aubin’s interview with Police in 2008, and his initial denial and subsequent admission regarding to his attempted sexual abuse of Witness 389. Notes that he did not wish to press charges against Michael Aubin has he felt the care system has let Michael Aubin down, and Michael Aubin’s attempt of sexual abuse was unsuccessful. Notes that the attempted sexual abuse has not affected his life, and that he does not see the point in Michael Aubin being punished for his actions whilst a minor. Comments on his perception of the investigation into Morag Jordan and Tony Jordan, and refers to his criticism of the investigation as recorded in the Police Summary dated 6 May 2009. States that he is willing to provide oral evidence to the Inquiry if required, but may apply for protective measures. For copies of Exhibits 1 to 10 as provided by Witness 389 to the Inquiry, see C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/49/4864 to C/D/AW1/A3/6/2/49/4873.

Names

Aviemore
Aliens Department
Baintree
Basil Lodge Hostel
Claymore
Children's Services
Disneyworld
Dunluce
Haut de la Garenne
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey
Social Services
St Helier Boys School
States of Jersey Police
Aubin, Michael
Andrews, Jean
Campbell, Fay
Dunford, Marilyn
Gilbert, William Allan
Jordan, Tony
Jordan, Morag
Le Bail, Philippe
Maguire, Jane
Thomson, Jim
Smith, Charles
Skinner, Anton
Wherry, Danny

Keywords

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1 pdf file

Language

English

Level of description

file

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