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Digital copy of Historic Abuse Redress Scheme Documentation: Witness 156's Application Form and Supporting Documentation. [Some details redacted].
April 4th 2008 - April 26th 2012
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1. Letter dated 26 April 2012 from Alan Collins, Pannone LLP to Historic Abuse Claims, Mourant Ozannes enclosing Witness 156's Application Form and Supporting Documentation to the Historic Abuse Redress Scheme. 2. Application Form: Personal details: Born in Jersey in 1939. Claimant's representative: Names Alan Collins, Solicitor of Pannone LLP as Witness 156's representative. Details of care: States to have been in the full-time residential care of the States of Jersey at Jersey Home for Boys/Haut de la Garenne circa 1947 to 1954. Notes that a relative of his was also in the Home. Abuse alleged to have taken place: Refers to physical abuse by [staff at Jersey Home for Boys] between 1947 and 1954. States that fellow residents would have been witnesses to punishments. Complaints of abuse: States that Witness 156 was not aware that what was happening was wrong. Criminal Proceedings: States that Witness 156 had not provided a statement to the States of Jersey Police as part of the historic abuse inquiry, citing distrust of and lack of faith in the States of Jersey and the police. Previous civil proceedings: Refers to a Letter of Claim sent to Mourant Ozannes [see below]. Declaration of truthfulness: Signed in the presence of Alan Collins, Solicitor. Supporting Documentation to the Application Form: 3. Authority for access to Medical Practitioner Records dated 20 April 2012. 4. Letter of Claim dated 4 February 2009 from Ozannes as agent for Verisona to William Bailhache, Attorney General. Regards instruction by Witness 156 to claim compensation from the States of Jersey in respect of physical and emotional abuse suffered whilst in its care between 1947 and 1954. Notes that the States of Jersey was responsible for the management, control and administration of Haut de la Garenne. Includes a statutory backdrop outlining the common law duty of care owed by the States of Jersey to children in its care. Gives details of the sequence of events with respect to Witness 156, including year of birth, reception into the care of the States of Jersey in 1945 and placement in Haut de la Garenne in 1946/1947 for 7 years until 1954. Sets out the duty of care and vicarious duties owed to Witness 156 by the States of Jersey with respect to Witness 156's welfare, protection, education, safety, medical treatment, protection from abuse. Includes complaints of abuse, referring to physical and emotional abuse by members of staff at Haut de la Garenne, outlining five forms that the physical abuse took. Sets out grounds upon which the States of Jersey was in breach of or negligent in its duty of care to Witness 156. Give details of injury loss and damage, referring to a psychiatric report from Professor Anthony Maden. Sets out prescription and requests disclosure of all records relating to Witness 156 and all records relating to Haut de la Garenne. Also comments on issue of insurance and Witness 156's not wanting to become involved in litigation process, mentioning distress caused by media publicity generated by the case. 5. Witness Statement dated 4 April 2008 by Witness 156 providing an account of his experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne [Jersey Home for Boys]. Background and Early Life Refers to the death of his parents during the Second World War. States that he was evacuated to England with his parents in 1940 and following the death of parents, he and his siblings were taken into care an placed at an orphanage called Greenfinch. Notes that all of his family were repatriated to Jersey at the end of the war apart from his brother who was serving in the armed services. Notes that his brother joined the Royal Air Force whilst the youngest children were taken into care, including at the crèche and under the care of an aunt. Sacré Coeur Recalls placement at Sacré Coeur with his siblings. States that his siblings frequently ran away to his sisters to complain about the ill treatment that they were receiving. Refers to complaints made to the States' authorities about mistreatment and subsequent transfer of his sisters to the Jersey Home for Girls and his brothers to the Jersey Home for Boys. Includes comments about the environment at Sacré Coeur, describing the nuns as cruel. Describes physical and emotional abuse by the nuns, describing different punishments. Recalls having been at Sacré Coeur for a year before being told that he was going to be admitted to the boys' home. Recalls feeling terrified about the prospect of admission following descriptions of punishments at the boys' home as told by the nuns. Jersey Home for Boys Refers to support offered to him at the Jersey Home for Boys by his brothers. Includes a description of the regime at the Jersey Home for Boys, describing it as harsh and hierarchical, recalling that older boys were permitted to administer corporal punishment. Refers to the deployment of corporal punishment and physical abuse in order to maintain discipline. Recalls the bathroom having only recently been installed upon his admission as per accounts from his brother. Includes comments regularity of baths and importance of hygiene at the Home. Recalls that a master would supervise bath or wash time, referring to the use of a leather belt by staff in public as a means of punishment for misbehaviour. Recalls that a cane and a stick would also be used by staff, recalling particular staff who would physically abused children. Recalls one member of staff would use a bunch of keys and physically assault as means of punishment. Recalls one member of staff who was a former resident of the Home, recalling that he would tell residents stories of bullying in the Home when he was a resident. Describes swimming as having been a privilege, stating that participation in sports was not allowed. Recalls being allowed to partake in boxing following the arrival of a master, recalling participation interschool boxing matches. Describes a hierarchal environment amongst residents, recalling that staff would provoke residents to have fights with new residents. Comments on the arrival of boys in the 1950s who were said to be need of reforming, recalling that these boys would often run away. Recalls seeing injuries on other residents sustained from physical abuse. Includes recollections of other boys in residence, commenting on the impact of experiences at the Home on the life of on particular resident. Includes recollections of staff at the Jersey Home for Boys, including a former Army captain who administered corporal punishment and his wife, referring to incidences of physical abuse by her. Recalls that residents who wet the bed would be subject to emotional abuse. Includes recollections of the daily routine at the Jersey Home of Boys, recalling that it was regimented. Recalls that residents would be frequently physically abused or subject to corporal punishment as punishment for misbehaviour. Recalls looking for food en route to school, recalling interactions with French workers. Recalls residents of the Home not being allowed to have milk at school due to status. Includes recollections of chores and arrangements regarding bedtimes. Recalls a member of staff [former Army captain] leaving in 1952 and a deterioration of the situation in respect of physical abuse by staff in the interim period before arrival of his replacement. Recalls the cessation of physical punishments, improvement of food and changes of clothes upon the arrival of a new member of staff who was ex-borstal. Notes that the residents' behaviour started to deteriorate resulting in return of physical punishment. Recalls that this member of staff was in charge when Witness 156 left the Home, stating that he made improvements to the boys' welfare and relaxation of regime. Includes recollections of other members of staff, including belief that some members of staff were dismissed shortly after he left. Describes beatings as the worst aspect of life at the Jersey Home for Boys, referring to injuries sustained and pain endured. Recalls leaving the Home aged 15 and living with his aunt and sisters until 1958. Recalls living off-island for 8½ years before resettling in Jersey upon marrying. Includes reflections on his time at the Jersey Home for Boys, commenting on impact in respect of his confidence, social skills and ability to form relationships. States to have no recollection of being visited by a welfare officer during his time at the Home, recalling visits by the Rotary Club. Recalls 17 other boys in residence and comments on impact of the Home on their ability to move on upon leaving. Expresses belief that it was wrong that orphans were treated the same as reform boys.
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