Comments

Digital copy of Witness 267's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police as part of Operation Rectangle providing an account of her experiences at the Girls' Home in Grouville [Jersey Female Orphans Home]. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by John Packer.

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Reference

C/D/AW1/B1/45/WS000078

Date

March 18th 2008 - March 18th 2008

Scope and Content

Background and Home Life Provides details of early life, mentioning parents and siblings. Refers to parents' divorce, and Witness 267 and her siblings' placements in children's homes. Provides details of her father's later marriages, mentioning siblings and a Bed and Breakfast. Institutions Recalls placement in [Westaway] Creche in St Helier near the [General] Hospital, providing early memories of her placement, and criticisms of Witness 267's appearance by staff and residents. Was transferred to the Girls Home in Grouville [Jersey Female Orphans Home] until the age of 12. Describes members of staff. Recalls watching German soliders marching and singing during the German Occupation, and throwing stones at the German soldiers. Provides descriptions of treatment of Witness 267 and other residents by staff at the [Jersey Female Orphans Home] mentioning solitary confinement, corporal punishment, and punishments for enureis. Mentions that older girls would help Witness 267 with her enuresis to avoid punishments. Recalls a girl providing Witness 267 with a doll whilst Witness 267 was in solitary confinement. Describes how residents were seperated in terms of play and material goods from the children of members of staff. Refers to visits to the [Jersey Female Orphans Home] by relatives. Refers to chicken and sprouts served at Christmas, and boiled eggs following the end of the Second World War. Describes residents eating each other's food to disguise the fact some did not like certain types of food. Recalls blaming a resident for damage sustained to a doll bought by Witness 267's mother. Recalls time spent in the sick bay for injuries and childhood diseases. Moved to Elizabeth House at La Chasse, St Helier until the age of 14, before being transferred to a Classifying School, and later an Approved School until the age of 17. Abuse and Consequences Recalls incident at [Westaway] Creche where Witness 267's brother attempted to help an injured boy. Refers to Witness 267's brother challenging the member of staff treating the boy, and the member of staff locking Witness 261's brother in a cupboard for part of the day. Details incident of physical abuse by a distressed member of staff in the bathrooms of the [Jersey Female Orphans Home]. Recalls physical abuse of member of staff's daughter by the member of staff after the daughter let residents play on her tricycle. Events after Leaving Care Left Care at the age of 18.

Names

Elizabeth House
Jersey Female Orphans' Home
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Westaway Crèche
Packer, John

Keywords

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Dimensions

1 pdf file

Language

English

Level of description

file

Access Restriction

PDF file - please click on the link to download

Closed until

2100

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