Digital copy of a Memorandum from Children's Officer C A Smith to Director of Education J [John] Rodhouse. [Some details redacted].

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November 30th 1977 - November 30th 1977

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Details enquiries made following comments by the Assistant Magistrate regarding parties at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to discussions with the Assistant Magistrate, Haut de la Garenne Superintendent [Jim] Thomson, the Haut de la Garenne [Matron], and two other members of Haut de la Garenne staff. Refers to inaccurate Jersey Evening Post report regarding a motoring incident, mentioning Haut de la Grenne and comments from the Assistant Magistrate. Details staff involvement regarding the party in question at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to the member of staff deputising for [Jim] Thomson during [Jim] Thomson's annual leave, and the authorisation of the party. Refers to the presence of the [Matron], and a non resident member of staff, and a male individual. Details incident upon the non resident member of staff and the male individual's return to the non resident member of staff's accommodation, leading to the male individual committing offences relating to drinking and driving. Refers to [Jim] Thomson's assertion that he would have authorised the party had he been present. Notes [Jim] Thomson's decision not to report the incident to C A Smith due to the incident occuring away from Haut de la Garenne, and the belief that evidence would not be read in Court due to the male individual's decision to plead guilty. Refers to the male individual's change of plea, leading to evidence being read in Court. Instructs [Jim] Thomson to advise C A Smith immediately of members of staff appearing in Court as a witness or as the accused, or of incidents that might bring adverse publicity to the [Children's] Department. Details future policy regarding parties held at Haut de la Garenne, after banning parties as a temporary measure. Refers to married couples with families living on the premises, resident staff who share communal facilities, and guests. Provides list of recommendations regarding parties, referring to the permission of the Superintendent, the presence of a member of senior member of staff, the length of parties, the location of parties, married couples, and casual visitors to Haut de la Garenne.


Children's Department
Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
Jersey Evening Post
Rodhouse, John
Smith, C A
Thomson, Jim


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