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Digital copy of Witness 80's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences in care at Heathfield. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by V J Davidson.
July 21st 2008 - July 21st 2008
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Background and Home Life Refers to his mother’s mental health as the reason for he and his brother’s coming to the attention of Children’s Services, mentioning a Case Conference, and short term admission to La Preference Children’s home at the age of 9. Notes return to mother’s care, followed by an admission to Haut de la Garenne due to bullying by his brother. Institutions Refers to admissions to La Preference Children’s Home and Haut de la Garenne. Describes the atmosphere at Haut de la Garenne. Lists staff, and recalls visits from his father. Recalls running away from Haut de la Garenne at the age of 11, and hiding in bunkers at Gorey. Recalls the closure of Haut de la Garenne, and his transfer to Heathfield Children’s Home. Lists staff, describing one member of staff as creepy. Provides thoughts on the general atmosphere at Heathfield. Comments on the behaviour of other children, and the difficulty for children in being accommodated in a smaller property than Haut de la Garenne. Provides recollections of Heathfield residents, including a boy with whom he used to fight, and on one occasion chased with a carving knife. Comments on a resident four or five years older than him who used to leave Heathfield, mentioning staff recording such instances in the diary, and the location of the diary at the Archive Centre [Jersey Archive]. Describes the resident’s demeanour, and notes that unlike other residents, the resident did not leave for St Mark’s Hostel at the age of 16. Recalls rumours regarding sexual activity between the resident and another individual. Describes fear regarding the rumours, and states that he used to avoid the individual. Details incident in which he witnessed the sexual abuse of the resident by the individual. Recalls reporting the abuse to a member of staff who did not believe him. Describes behavioural issues following witnessing sexual abuse, mentioning truancy, drinking, smoking, and disrespect of staff. Details meeting after which he was transferred to Les Chenes [Residential School]. Details arrival at Les Chenes, and physical abuse in the office by an individual. Recalls physical placement in the secure suite, noting the removal of his clothes. Describes the facilities in the secure suite. Recalls positive experiences of a female member of staff. Recalls discussion with a member of staff regarding whether Witness 80 should have been in Care. Recalls move to an upstairs bedroom with two other boys after leaving the secure suite. Details education at D’Hautree School, previously St Helier Boys School. Social Services Names Children’s Officers [Child Care Officers] Dorothy Ingles [Inglis] and David Castledine. Abuse and Consequences Details physical abuse by a male member of Haut de la Garenne staff. Describes witnessing the sexual abuse of a resident by an individual at Heathfield. Events since leaving Care Left Les Chenes and commenced employment at the age of 15 and a half. Recalls beginning to drink, and subsequently losing his job. Details substances and alcohol abuse as a means of coping with his previous experiences. Recalls coming to the attention of the Police for breaking into shops in the early hours of the morning. Notes that after being incarcerated, he was allocated a Probation Officer in Brian Heath. Details employment with his father, and subsequent employment. Describes sleeping rough, and continued alcoholism. Details attempts to remain sober. Recalls collapse at the age of 27 and admission to hospital due to the effects of alcoholism. Details initial care by an individual and his father, and his father taking him to the Police. Describes being taken by the Police to the hospital, where he was visited by a Psychologist or Psychiatrist who prescribed drugs. Recalls his father suggesting counselling via Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Details Witness 80’s determination to become sober through his own endeavours. Details conversations with his mother about the sexual abuse he witnessed at Heathfield. Recalls difficult meeting with Child Psychologist Jim Hollywood regarding the same incident, and occasions in which he reported the incidents of other individuals at the hospital. Details visit by Police Officer Andrew Geddes regarding an investigation into abuse at Heathfield. Mentions a member of [Heathfield] staff later arrested for abuse away from Jersey. Details attempts to contact a member of Les Chenes staff. Refers to contact with Steve McVee of Maison Le Pape and Social Services, who organised a meeting for Witness 80 with a Police Forensic Nurse. Details interview dated 3 July 2008 by two States of Jersey Police officers, clarifying elements of his earlier interview.
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