Digital copy of Witness 629's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police as part of Operation Rectangle providing an account of her experiences in care at Les Chênes Residential School. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by [Civilian Investigator] M [Mark] Cane and DC [Detective Constable] [Ian] Godsmark.

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November 10th 2008 - November 20th 2008

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Background and Home Life Refers to parents’ separation, and father’s suicide. Recalls misbehaviour following her father’s death and subsequent admission to Care. Institutions Recalls placement at Les Chênes [Residential School] on remand from the Court after damaging a care, stealing, and fighting. Refers to other residents and staff at Les Chênes. Recalls initial placement in solitary confinement upon arrival at Les Chênes, and describes the normal routine for residents following their short period in solitary confinement. Provides description of the points system [Grands Prix System] in operation at Les Chênes. Recalls brief transfer to Heathfield [Children’s Home] whilst dating an older boy. Provides description of Witness 629’s roommate’s recollections of Heathfield. Social Services Abuse and Consequences Recalls incident of physical abuse on a male resident by a member of Les Chênes staff. Recalls incident of physical abuse on a male resident by a female teacher at Les Chênes. Provides details of other instances of physical abuse, and concerns raised by Witness 629 to her mother. Recalls running away with her roommate, and the physically aggressive reaction of a member of staff upon Witness 629 and her roommate’s return to Les Chênes, mentioning the secure cells. Recalls sexual abuse by a male member of Les Chênes staff who would enter Witness 629 and her roommate’s bedroom when they were getting changed. Refers to the abuse of Witness 629’s roommate by her roommate’s brother.


Children's Services
Heathfield Children's Home
Les Chênes Residential School
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police
States of Jersey
Cane, Mark, Civilian Investigator
Godsmark, Ian, Detective Constable


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