Digital copy of Witness 627's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police as part of Operation Rectangle providing an account of his experiences in care at Les Chênes Residential School. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by DC [Detective Constable] [Shane] Evans and DC [Detective Constable] Newman.

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July 18th 2008 - August 25th 2008

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Background and Home Life Provides details of assault on a Portuguese man in Parade Gardens that led to Witness 627’s arrest and remand at Les Chênes Residential School. Institutions Refers to remand to Les Chênes for three years due to other offences committed. Recalls transport to Les Chênes from the Court in the prison van. Describes initial meetings with staff at Les Chênes, and placement in solitary confinement in the secure cells. Refers to the gym at Les Chênes. Recalls the points system [Grands Prix System] in operation at Les Chênes, and provides details of privileges able to be traded for points such as weekend leave. Recalls frequent instances of abscondence from Les Chênes, mentioning Grands Vaux. Abuse and Consequences Provides details of an incident of physical assault by a male member of staff following an argument between Witness 627 and a female member of staff. Recalls that the incident was witnessed by Kathie Bull [author of Review of the Principles, Practices and Provision for Children and Young People with emotional and behavioural difficulties and disorders in the Island of Jersey, 2003], as well as other members of staff and other residents. Recalls leaving Les Chênes for his mother’s house. Refers to his mother taking him to Doctor James Hugh due to injuries to Witness 627. Provides details of an incident of indecent exposure by a male Les Chênes member of staff whilst Witness 627 and another resident were using the gym. Recalls sexual abuse by a male Les Chênes member of staff, mentioning the gym and an attempt by Witness 627 to abscond from Les Chênes. Recalls that the second incident of sexual abuse was reported to the Police and investigated by Brian Carter. Provides details of physical assaults on residents by Les Chênes staff. Events since leaving Care Refers to difficulties with paranoia and in Witness 627’s education as a result of Witness 627’s period of residency at Les Chênes. Notes medication prescribed, and meetings with psychiatrists, naming John Gordon and [Dr] Caroline Cavell [Carolyn Coverley]. Refers to mental health difficulties, mentioning depression. Wishes to make a complaint regarding sexual abuse by a member of Les Chênes staff. Requests investigation by the Police into why Witness 627 spent a long period locked in Secure at Les Chênes. Names current doctor as Dr Marston-Smith of Indigo House Surgery, Gas Place. Provides permission for the Police to access Witness 627’s medical records in relation to an incident of physical assault at Les Chênes.


Children's Services
Les Chênes Residential School
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police
States of Jersey
Bull, Kathie, Dr
Carter, Brian
Coverley, Carolyn, Dr
Evans, Shane, Detective Constable
Gordon, John
Hugh, James, Dr
Marson-Smith, Roger, Doctor
Newman, M, Detective Constable


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