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Digital copy of Witness 216's aunt's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police. Recorded by Civilian Investigator Valerie Davidson, in the presence of DC [Detective Constable] Soane. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 216's witness statement to States of Jersey Police dated 27 April 1991 see C/D/AW1/B1/3/2/WS000486.
August 20th 2008 - August 20th 2008
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Refers to abuse of Witness 216 by his father, and by those tasked with looking after Witness 216 whilst he was in Care. Refers to Witness 216's admission to Brig-Y-Don Children's Home at the age of 3 or 4, and his discharge from Care at the age of 18. Describes effect of being in Care on Witness 216's demeanour and personality. Refers to Witness 216's transfer to Haut de la Garenne, and the admission of his siblings into Care, mentioning [Senior Child Care Officer] Anton Skinner. Refers to emotional and physical abuse suffered by Witness 216 and other residents whilst at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning Mario Lundy. Describes the solitary confinement rooms at Haut de la Garenne, near Aviemore. Refers to protest by Witness 216 and other Haut de la Garenne residents against Haut de la Garenne staff, and inaccurate reports in the media. Comments on Witness 216's transfer to Heathfield Children's Home, and his education at [Le Haulier] Hautlieu School. Recalls thanking Witness 216's key worker at Heathfield due to the progress Witness 216 appeared to be making. Recalls Witness 216 leaving Heathfield, moving into a flat, and gaining employment. Details telephone call from Witness 216 in 1991, after which he confided in his aunt about sexual abuse by his key worker at Heathfield, and his concerns for a young male resident at Heathfield. Refers to meeting with [Children's Officer] Anton Skinner, and Witness 216's statement to States of Jersey Police. Recalls that Witness 216's allegations could not be proved, and that as a result any case could not proceed. Refers to Witness 216 informing her that his key worker had been provided with a reference that instructed future employers that the key worker could not work with children. Refers to bringing the matter of child abuse within children's homes in Jersey to the attention of the Children's Sub Committee, mentioning Health and Social Care [Health and Social Services], and the Education Department. Notes that many individuals did not want to believe child abuse could take place. States that she has not been contacted by the media in relation to the current investigation [Operation Rectangle]. Comments on the Panorama episode broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation about allegations of historic child abuse in Jersey. States her willingness to attend court and provide evidence as necessary. Describes Witness 216's reluctance to speak to Police, and her concerns for his welfare. Refers to Witness 216 learning that another Heathfield resident had witnessed Witness 216 being sexually abused by Witness 216's key worker. States that Witness 216 is currently not receiving counselling.
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