Digital copy of Witness 698'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 [Detective Constable] M Newman.

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2008 - 2008

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Background and Home Life Provides details of early life, mentioning parents, and birth of her brother. Recalls mother’s post-natal depression following the birth of Witness 698’s brother, leading to a referral to Social Services. Institutions Recalls temporary foster care with a woman, and subsequent placement with a family with a son and daughter. Moved to La Preference Children’s Home at the age of 10 or 11. Provides recollections of staff and activities. Describes transfer to a third foster placement with a woman in her fifties. Provides details of subsequent foster placements, mentioning the Haute Valle area. Refers to transfer to Heathfield Children’s Home, and then Les Chênes Residential School. Provides description of Heathfield. Reflects on relationships with Les Chênes staff. Recalls a nickname given to a member of staff, mentioning actions in the class room. Refers to the points system [Merit Award System or Grand Prix System] in operation at Les Chênes, and the Secure Unit. Recalls temporary transfer to HM Prison, La Moye due to Witness 698 and a member of [Les Chênes] staff pressing charges of physical assault against each other. Recalls involvement of another Les Chênes resident who hit her head on the coffee machine, and other individuals attempting to help Witness 698 escape the situation. Social Services Provides recollections of Child Care Officer Stuart Hallam. Abuse and Consequences Details breakdown of third foster placement following physical abuse of Witness 698 by her foster mother. Describes physical abuse by a member of Les Chênes staff, as reported to Child Care Officer Stuart Hallam. Refers to incident involving smoking in the toilet, and assaults by Witness 698 and the member of staff leading to Witness 698’s arrest and transfer to [HM Prison] La Moye. Notes treatment for injuries at [Jersey General] Hospital in the presence of Prison Officer Sarah Partridge. Refers to incident where the member of Les Chênes staff assaulted Witness 698 and another female resident whilst they were in the Secure Unit. Describes physical abuse of a Les Chênes resident by a member of Les Chênes staff, mentioning an assembly and an asthma attack. Details physical abuse of Les Chênes residents by another member of staff, mentioning a maths lesson, the corridor to the Secure unit, and the football yard. Describes sexual abuse by the son of her second foster family, and recalls reporting the abuse to Witness 698’s grandmother and the second foster family. Comments on involvement of the Police, and Witness 698’s refusal to be examined by a doctor. Provides details of sexual abuse at Heathfield by a member of Heathfield staff. Cannot recall reporting abuse to anyone, but suggests that abuse may have been reported to a police officer named Shaun. Recalls treatment in [Jersey General] Hospital whilst at Les Chênes following the sexual abuse by a member of Heathfield staff. Recalls sexual abuse by a member of Les Chênes staff who also dealt drugs. Details sexual abuse by a man who dealt drugs, mentioning the sexual abuse of another Les Chênes resident by the man. Recalls reporting the abuse and the lack of prosecution that followed. Refers to allegations of sexual abuse of a male resident by a male member of Les Chênes staff. Recalls inappropriate sexual behaviour by a male member of Les Chênes staff. Comments on effects of abuse upon behaviour.


Children's Services
Heathfield Children's Home
Les Chênes Residential School
La Préférence Children's Home
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey Police
States of Jersey
Social Services
HM Prison, La Moye
Partridge, Sarah
Hallam, Stuart
Newman, M, Detective Constable


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