Digital copy of Correspondence and Reports concerning Witness 216 and his family. [Some details redacted]. Taken from the Children's Services client file of Witness 216. For Witness 216's witness statement to States of Jersey Police dated 27 April 1991 see C/D/AW1/B1/3/2/WS000486.

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October 25th 1985 - November 22nd 1985

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1. Representation of Her Majesty's Attorney General sheweth. Undated, c. 1986. Refers to report dated 25 October 1985 from the Children's Officer regarding [Witness 216's siblings]. Notes the Attorney General's opinion that [Witness 216's siblings] are in need of care, protection, or control within the meaning of Article 27 of the Children (Jersey) Law 1969, also referring to Article 28 of the Law. 2. Letter from the Viscount Substitute to Child Care Officer Hal Coomer dated 1986. Requesting his appearance before the Royal Court to give evidence in the representation of Her Majesty's Attorney General in respect of proceedings [involving Witness 216's family. Includes note detailing the Hearing in question, mentioning an adjournament and defence witnesses. Notes that [Care] Orders under Articles 27 and 31 were granted as requested. 3. Memorandum from Senior Child Care Officer J H [Jim] Thomson to Children's Officer T W Strettle dated 30 October 1985. Refers to Child Care Officer Hal Coomer's report on Witness 216's family, provides views on the likelihood of Care Orders being obtained for the children, and the view of Senior Child Care Officer Anton Skinner. 4. Memorandum from Senior Child Care Officer Anton J Skinner to Senior Child Care Officer [Jim] Thomson, Children's Officer T W Strettle, and Child Care Officer Hal Coomer dated 31 October 1985. Refers to Hal Coomer's report on Witness 216's family. Indictates that the report could be used in order to obtain [Care] Orders in respect of Witness 216 and one of his brothers. Contains handwritten note from [Jim] Thomson to Hal Coomer and T W Strettle requesting further comments. 5. Memorandum from Child Care Officer Hal Coomer to Children's Officer T W Strettle dated 25 October 1985. Refers to the organisation of a Case Conference to discuss Witness 216's family, referring to the attendance of [Jim] Thomson, Hal Coomer, Mrs [Gillian] Bunting of Hautlieu School, Mr La Rendu or La Pouquelaye School, Mr Herbert of Rouge Bouillon, and Haut de la Garenne and Grainville School staff. Refers to the Case Review for the Attorney General, and additional material, including case histories, and comments from Health Visitors, the CPU [Child Psychiatric Unit], and the Police. 6. Letter from Children's Officer T W Strettle to States of Jersey Police Chief Officer Mr D Parkinson dated 25 October 1985. Relates to Witness 216's family, providing details of the family's address, and Witness 216's father and mother. Notes concern in the community, in the [Children's] Office, and in wider authorities concerning Witness 216 and his siblings' welfare. Mentions offences, and domestic incidents in the family home. Suggests that the family's case should be put before the Attorney General regarding permission to secure the children into the Care of the Education Committee. Requests copies of relevant Police reports in order to support the application to the Attorney General. 7. Case History and Review on Witness 216's family. Signed by Child Care Officer Hal Coomer. Dated 25 October 1985. Provides details of Witness 216, his mother, his father, and his siblings. Outlines history of the family, referring to poverty and instablity, and the birth of the children. Provides a description of Witness 216's parents, mentioning personality, behaviour, and alcoholism. Notes Witness 216's father's violent and abusive nature when having consumed alcohol. Details violent and abusive behaviour by Witness 216's parents. Notes difficulty for Witness 216's mother to control the children. Details the family's living arrangements, noting housing conditions, behaviour, and debt. Refers to Witness 216's father's employment, and occasions where the children do not receive adequate food. Refers to Witness 216 and his siblings' poor record of school attendance. Notes that when Witness 216 and his siblings are in Care, their school attendance is much improved, as well as their appearance and attitude. Notes difficulty retaining Witness 216 and his siblings in Care on a voluntary basis, owing to the parents' wish for their children to return home, or the children's wish to return to their parents. Refers to the family's poor diet, and resulting health issues. Details difficulties in Witness 216's parents' marriage, mentioning Advocates, alcoholism, and suspected infidelity. Notes the children's concern to retain links with their home and parents on occasions when they have been admitted into Care. Notes the importance to all in the family of the children returning home at weekends and during holidays. Details incident in which Witness 216 used money given to him for himself and his brother to instead pay off debt owed by the family, and provide for the household. Details concern from Witness 216's father and Hal Coomer that if Witness 216 and his siblings were taken into Care, Witness 216's mother might commit suicide. Notes concern for the youngest children in such a situation. Refers to Witness 216's mother's ill health, and delays in re-housing the family in a more appropriate property.


Attorney General
Children's Services
Children's Office
Child Psychiatric Unit
Funland Limited
Education Committee
Grainville School
Hautlieu School
Haut de la Garenne
La Pouquelaye School
Probation and After Care Service
Royal Court
Rouge Bouillon School
States of Jersey Police
Bunting, Gillian
Coomer, Hal
Herbert, Mr
La Rendu, Mr
Parkinson, D, Chief Officer
Strettle, Terry
Thomson, Jim
Tomes, Vernon


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