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Digital copy of Report for Magistrate's Court in the case of Attorney General v. Jane and Alan Maguire. Signed by Child Care Officer Sarah Brace. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 154's statements to States of Jersey Police, see C/D/AW1/B1/20.
February 27th 1998 - March 5th 1998
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Report prepared by Children's Services for the Magistrate's Court by Sarah Brace, a Child Care Officer with the Health and Social Services Committee. Sources of Information. Refers to consultation of Children's Services files and interview of [Witness 154], also mentioning Mary MacLeod's "What children tell Childline about being abused" published by Childline in 1995. 1. Background. Refers to Witness 154's family background, noting his admission into Care at the age of 10 in 1986 along with his siblings. Refers to initial placement in foster care before transfer to Le Squez Family Group Home [Blanche Pierre Family Group Home]. Notes placement at [Blanche Pierre] between 1986 and 1993. Refers to Jane and Alan Maguire's tenure as houseparents at [Blanche Pierre] until 1990. Refers to Witness 154's mother's ill health, and the deaths of his mother and father. 2. Psychological and Emotional Effects of the Alleged Abuse. Refers to Jane and Alan Maguire's ambition for Witness 154 to become a Priest, mentioning education at De La Salle College and participation in Mass as an Altar Server. States that Witness 154 felt he was able to gain some control in his life through disruptive behaviour, and that Witness 154 left school without any qualifications. Describes treatment of children at [Blanche Pierre] by Jane and Alan Maguire as harsh and regimented. Refers to physical punishment by Alan Maguire. Refers to violent behaviour by Witness 154 during his later teenage years, and drinking of alcohol. Refers to Witness 154's two years in prison, and progress since his release. 3. Attitudes and Feelings Towards Jane and Alan Maguire. Notes anger and resentment towards Jane and Alan Maguire, and anger that children were not able to report abuse. Comments on outsiders' perceptions of Jane and Alan Maguire, and refers to feelings by children that their reports of abuse would not be believed. Notes fears of children that complaints of abuse would result in further abuse [by Jane and Alan Maguire]. Refers to Witness 154's statement to a member of [Children's Services] staff regarding abuse at Blanche Pierre, and notes that as a result of the lack of action taken, Witness 154 developed a difficulty in trusting Children's Services as a whole. Comments on Witness 154's ability to find comfort in the acknowledgement that Jane and Alan Maguire did ill treat children in their care. 4. Conclusion. Notes traumatic effect of the deaths of Witness 154's parents, and effect of alleged abuse [at Blanche Pierre] on Witness 154. Refers to Witness 154's attempts to overcome his childhood experiences, mentioning his relationship and employment. States that Witness 154's experiences in Care [with Jane and Alan Maguire] have significantly influenced his later life.
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