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Digital copy of a Letter from Witness 482 to Independent Jersey Care Inquiry Chair Frances Oldham QC providing an account of her experiences in foster care, and at Brig-y-Don Children's Convalescent and Holiday Home and Jersey Home for Girls. [Some details redacted].
November 5th 2014 - November 5th 2014
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Requests that information provided be treated as private and confidential. States willingness to provide evidence in person, as long as notice is given so that Witness 482 can arrange accommodation and transport. Background and Early Life Institutions Recalls fostering placement near a garage in St Saviour. Recalls watching German soliders select horses. Suffered from enuresis during her fostering placement, leading to a situation where Witness 482 was made to sleep on a chamberpot at night. Recalls education at St Savour's School, and a school near to the Jersey Home for Girls [possibly Grouville School]. Recalls that teachers would cook for poorer pupils, whilst Witness 482 and others would return to Jersey Home for Girls for lunch. Recalls punishments at school such as standing by the bell and picking gooseberries. Describes admission to the General Hospital, commenting on the good care she received. Refers to transfer to Brig-y-Don Children's Convalescent and Holiday Home before later transfer to Jersey Home for Girls. Provides recollections of staff at Jersey Home for Girls, mentioning singing. Comments on ongoing enuresis at Jersey Home for Girls, and the threat of punishment with a wooden spade if her enuresis continued. Recalls being invited to the lawn by the Vicar at Grouville Church upon the end of the Second World War, mentioning a speech by Winston Churchill in which he thanked Channel Islanders. Social Services Abuse and Consequences Refers to abuse sustained as a child. Life after Leaving Care Refers to book written by another witness regarding her placement at Jersey Home for Girls during and after the Second World War. Suggests that elements of the book may have been exaggerated, referring to own recollections and newspaper cuttings from the period.
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