Digital copy of Witness 252's third witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of her experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne and Clos des Sables Family Group Home. Signature witnessed by John Packer. [Some details redacted].

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October 9th 2008 - October 9th 2008

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Haut de la Garenne States that her brother was never subjected to abuse at Haut de la Garenne but describes incident where he was caned by a male staff member. Includes comments about her relationship with her brother and relationship with other children. Includes comments about a girl with whom she was at Haut de la Garenne. noting that she was also at Clos des Sables with her. Describes an incident where a female staff member confiscated three toys of sentimental value from her. Includes comments about a nice staff member at Haut de la Garenne who took her [and her brother] to Belle Vue Pleasure Park when she was at Clos des Sables. Recalls an incident that happened 6 months before leaving Haut de la Garenne where she [and her brother] were taken out for a drive by a couple to St Catherine's Breakwater for an icecream. Recalls a camping trip to Brockenhurst, including recollections of the train station. Recalls staff and children who were on the camping holiday, stating that it was open to the whole of Haut de la Garenne and not just Baintree. Includes comments about mealtimes, discipline and treatment on the camping trip. Recalls going horse riding for a day whilst on the trip. Clos des Sables Family Group Home States that Leslie Hughes was one of the staff in charge when she and her brother went to 108 Clos des Sables. Includes comments about other staff members and a description of the house. Recalls trial periods at Clos des Sables whilst at Haut de la Garenne prior to transfer and comments about the contrast between Clos des Sables and Haut de la Garenne. Recalls other children in residence during her time at Clos des Sables, recollections of the main houseparent and memory of being warned about Leslie Hughes on her first night there. States that she was at Clos des Sables from the age of 9 until she was 16 in 1986. Includes comments about her own appearance and personality as a child and refers to being a bridesmaid at a wedding, recalling that a 12 year old child got drunk at the wedding Includes comments about meals at Clos des Sables and recollections of the daily routine in respect of schooling and leisure time. Recalls her curfew time whilst at Clos des Sables. Recalls going to Sands nightclub on weekends after turning 16. Recalls receiving weekly pocket money monitored from a budget, recalling doing chores and the purchase of a dishwasher. Recalls regular contact with a doctor whilst at Clos des Sables and going on a week-long break with the Variety Club of Jersey after an operation, recalling no dentistry provision other than tooth fairy routine. Describes Leslie Hughes' role as that of a caretaker. Recalls that there was a lounge on the garage at Clos des Sables in which staff to go to relax whilst on duty, noting that children were forbidden from entering. Includes comments about discipline at Clos des Sables, stating that there never any physical or emotional abuse. Includes comments about her experience of sexual contact at Clos des Sables, describing Leslie Hughes' behaviour towards a female resident. Describes an incident where Leslie Hughes tried to sexually abuse her when she was aged 12 or 13, noting that she drunk at the time. States that she did not tell anyone about the incident for fear of getting into trouble for underage drinking. States that she gave a full statement to the Police when she was 18 or 19 after someone disclosed to her that they had been abused by Leslie Hughes, but notes that she withdrew the statement. Notes that Leslie Hughes was charged due to extent of evidence against of him. States that one girl told Enid Bird at Social Services about Leslie Hughes' actions, providing details about her response. Includes comments about Leslie Hughes' sentence and implications of his conviction. Describes circumstances of her departure from Clos des Sables, referring to lack of guidance or support regarding accommodation. Recalls returning to Clos des Sables occasionally after leaving, noting that she was driven home by Leslie Hughes on these occasions. Refers to the length of time that Leslie Hughes ran Clos des Sables and comments about a female resident who she suspects was also sexually abused by Leslie Hughes. States that when she went to Clos des Sables she never wet the bed again.


Bird, Enid
Hughes, Leslie
Kidd, Morag
Packer, John
Belle Vue Pleasure Park
Children's Services
Clos des Sables Family Group Home
Haut de la Garenne
Operation Rectangle
Sands Hotel
States of Jersey Police
Variety Club of Jersey


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