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Digital copy of Witness 296's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences in care at Haut de la Garenne and Clos des Sables Family Group Home. Signature witnessed by J Packer. [Some details redacted].
December 9th 2008 - December 9th 2008
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• Background and Early Life Refers to a domestic argument between his parents on New Years Eve of 1976 or 1977 resulting in his father being remanded in prison or having a restraining order placed on him. Recalls that he and his sibling were placed into Haut de la Garenne for around a week before returning home, noting that his father also eventually returned home. • Institutions Recalls returning to Haut de la Garenne the following spring or summer and remaining there until 18 April 1979. Refers to placement into Baintree Group on both occasions that he went to Haut de la Garenne. Includes recollections of staff in Baintree Group including Morag and Tony Jordan, recalling that they married after he left Haut de la Garenne. Includes a description of Morag Jordan, commenting on her personality, physical appearance and attitude towards children, describing her as a bully. Also recalls other children in residence including a girl with whom he was also at Clos des Sables, and recollections of staff involved in other groups including Aviemore and Claymore, a male teacher at the Home, the man in charge and his deputy. Includes comments about his relationship with certain members of staff and teachers. Also includes recollections of a male who gave him a lift to the bus stop to take the bus to St Helier Boys' School. Recalls other boys at Haut de la Garenne, including boys with whom he shared a dormitory and children in Aviemore and Claymore or Dunluce. Recalls a girl who had previously been to La Préférence or Brig-y-Don and later went to Clos des Sables. Recalls residents with whom he would get into fights and groups of brothers at the Home. Recalls boys being taken to the detention rooms to calm down, stating that he himself was never put there. Describes life at Haut de la Garenne as regimented, recalling that children had to change and make their own beds if they wet the bed. Includes recollections of the daily routine. Recalls staff telling children to go back to bed over the intercom in the dormitories and punishment for being caught talking or messing around. Recalls leaving his dormitory to go to the girls' dormitory. Recalls regular visits by his mother and one visit by his father during his time at Haut de la Garenne. Describes leisure activities at Haut de la Garenne, recalling weekly or biweekly trips to go swimming in the pool at St Saviour's Hospital, a football team named the Nomads which was set up by Tony Jordan through Gorey Youth Club, occasional film nights in the snooker room at Haut de la Garenne. Notes that staff would cancel these prvileges as punishment for misbehaviour. Also recalls going on a trip with Baintree Group to the New Forest in the summer of 1978. Recalls that some children would run away from Haut de la Garenne, remembering that the children would be brought back to the Home by police. States that there was no real drinking or drug usage amongst residents at the Home. States that he and his sibling left Haut de la Garenne in 1979 and moved to 108 Clos des Sables run as a home by staff including Les Hughes. Includes recollections of Les Hughes and other children and people in residence during his time at Clos des Sables and remarks about the atmosphere and management of the home in comparison to Clos des Sables. Recalls an incident where he knocked out all of a male's front teeth noting that he was punished and received a fine. Recalls going to France, London and Guernsey whilst at Clos des Sables. • Social Services Recalls that his care worker Anton [Skinner] identified him and his sibling as potential new residents at Clos des Sables, describing the process of his transfer from Haut de la Garenne as quick. Recalls Dickie Davenport, Anton Skinner and Mr Coomber [Hal Coomer] visiting Clos des Sables during his time in residence there. States that Anton Skinner was succeeded as his [Child] Care Officer by Mr [Coomer] following Mr Davenport's promotion. • Abuse Refers to a resident at Haut de la Garenne who would make sexual advances towards young males, recalling that he was advised to avoid him. Also recalls being bullied by older boys at Haut de la Garenne. Describes verbal and emotional abuse by Morag Jordan towards girls at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls that Morag would punish certain children with ice cold baths, stating that other staff were more sympathetic towards children on remand and other children there due to parental issues. Recalls incident where he was caned for swearing, stating that there were witnesses to the incident. Also recalls an incident where he was made to brush his teeth with soap by a membe rof staff as punishment for swearing. States that discipline for misbehaviour mainly consisted of being made to complete additional chores. Includes comments about Les Hughes' behaviour and conduct around girls at Clos des Sables, describing him as creepy. Refers to Les Hughes' arrest for indecency matters relating to some of the girls at Clos des Sables.
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