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Digital copy of Witness 623's witness statement to the Inquiry providing an account of her experiences in care at Les Chênes Residential School. [Some details redacted].
March 2nd 2015 - March 2nd 2015
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Background and Home Life Provides details of early life at home, mentioning death of her grandmother, education at Les Quennevais School, and parents’ divorce. Recalls drinking, smoking, and truanting from school following her parents’ divorce. States belief that Witness 623’s mother used her influence to place Witness 623 at Les Chênes [Residential School]. Describes evening at Fort Regent followed by a visit to the Police Station in the presence of Witness 623’s mother. Recalls being instructed that she would be placed at Les Chênes on a voluntary basis. Provides details learnt as a result of the Inquiry regarding an incident at Les Quennevais School and Witness 623’s placement at Les Chênes. Refers to Minutes of meeting of the Children’s Sub-Committee dated 1983 regarding the incident at Les Quennevais School [see Exhibit 1: C/D/AW1/A3/9/7/WD005067/1], and Minutes of a meeting of the Advisory Committee for Les Chênes Residential School regarding Witness 623’s alleged behaviour at Les Quennevais School [see Exhibit 2: C/D/AW1/A3/9/7/WD005067/2]. Disputes Minutes of a meeting of the Advisory Committee for Les Chênes Residential School dated 1983 describing Witness 623’s behaviour as beyond her mother’s control as well as promiscuous [see Exhibit 3: C/D/AW1/A3/9/7/WD005067/3]. Institutions Describes arrival at Les Chênes, mentioning a member of staff. Notes that as Witness 623 was placed at Les Chênes on a voluntary basis, she was not required to spend time in the secure suite upon arrival. Was instructed by staff that if she left Les Chênes she would be placed back at Les Chênes under a Court order. Describes regime at Les Chênes, referring to the points system [Merit Award System] in operation as the ‘Grand Prix System’. Describes punishments at Les Chênes, such as placement in the Secure Suite. Does not recall individuals such as politicians or inspectors visiting Les Chênes during Witness 623’s residency. Provides recollections of other residents at Les Chênes, mentioning mental health, self-harm, and the Children’s [Child] Psychiatric Unit. Refers to clothing worn by Les Chênes residents. Provides recollections of staff, naming Deputy Principal Mario Lundy and a male member of staff described as a pervert and smelling of alcohol. Refers to sexual relationship with a Les Chênes resident, and the birth of their child. Provides recollections of positive and negative experiences at Les Chênes, mentioning a trip to Snowdonia with residents and staff. Left Les Chênes for the Girls Hostel in May 1984 following the completion of her CSEs [Certificates of Secondary Education]. Later moved into Elizabeth House. Social Services Notes Children’s Services belief Witness 623 should continue to be placed at Les Chênes due to inaccurate information present in Children’s Sub-Committee and Advisory Committee for Les Chênes Residential School meetings. Refers to limited contact with Child Care Officer Richard Davenport whilst at Les Chênes, and increased contact with Richard Davenport after leaving Les Chênes. Abuse and Consequences Recalls an individual who would pinch the girls’ bottoms at Les Quennevais School. Details emotional and physical abuse of Les Chênes residents by Les Chênes staff, naming Mario Lundy. Details sexual abuse in the form of sexualised behaviour by a male member of Les Chênes staff. Events since leaving Care Details contact with a man who recorded Witness 623 speaking about her experiences at Les Chênes. Refers to contact by States of Jersey Police regarding Witness 623’s experiences at Les Chênes [see Exhibit 4: C/D/AW1/A3/9/7/WD005067/4], and disputes elements of her witness statement to States of Jersey Police. Comments on breakdown in the relationship between Witness 623 and her mother as a result of Witness 623’s placement at Les Chênes. Questions suitability of placing girls who had not committed offences at a Junior Detention Centre with boys from troubled backgrounds. Refers to other former Les Chênes pupils mentioning prison and death. Refers to difficulty trusting due to failings by the Police and Children’s Services to adequately care for her, mentioning continued abuse of children. Requests that the Inquiry not allow the States of Jersey to cover up the experiences of those once in the care system, or abuse suffered. Confirms willingness to provide oral evidence to the Inquiry if required to do so.
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