Digital copy of Historic Abuse Redress Scheme Documentation: Witness 178's Application Form and Supporting Documentation. [Some details redacted].

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January 19th 2011 - April 15th 2012

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1. Application Form: Personal details: Born in Jersey in 1949. Claimant's representative: Names Alan Collins, Solicitor as Witness 178's representative. Details of care: States to have been in the full-time residential care of the States of Jersey at Sacré Coeur and Haut de la Garenne between 1949 and 1964. Abuse alleged to have taken place: Refers to attached letter of claim and statement [see below], referring to abuse between 1949 and 1964. Declaration of truthfulness: Signed in the presence of Alan Collins, Solicitor on 15 April 2012. Supporting Documentation to the Application Form: 2. Authority for access to Medical Practitioner Records dated 5 April 2012. 3. Letter of Claim dated 19 January 2011 from Verisona to Mourant du Feu and Jeune. Regards instruction by Witness 178 to claim compensation from the States of Jersey in respect of physical and emotional abuse suffered whilst in its care between 1949 and 1964. Notes that the States of Jersey was responsible for the management, control and administration of the Jersey Home for Boys and subsequently Haut de la Garenne. Includes a statutory backdrop outlining the common law duty of care owed by the States of Jersey to children in its care. Gives details of the sequence of events with respect to Witness 178, including year of birth, reception into the care of the States of Jersey in 1949 and placement at Sacré Coeur and subsequently Haut de la Garenne in 1958 until 1964. Refers to physical and psychological abuse at Sacré Coeur and Haut de la Garenne. Sets out the duty of care and vicarious duties owed to Witness 178 by the States of Jersey with respect to Witness 178's welfare, protection, education, safety, medical treatment, protection from abuse, safeguarding and rights to family life. Includes complaints of abuse, describing physical and emotional abuse by the nuns at Sacré Coeur and members of staff at Haut de la Garenne. Sets out grounds upon which the States of Jersey was in breach of or negligent in its duty of care to Witness 178. Give details of injury loss and damage, referring to a psychiatric report from Professor Maden. Sets out limitation and requests disclosure of all records relating to Witness 178 and all records relating to Haut de la Garenne. Also comments on issue of insurance, involvement in a public enquiry and Witness 178's not wanting to become involved in litigation process, mentioning distress caused by media publicity generated by the case. 4. Statement dated March 2012 by Witness 178 providing an account of his experiences in care at Sacré Coeur and Haut de la Garenne. Background States that he was born in 1949 and was admitted to Sacré Coeur on 13 April 1955. Notes that he lived at Sacré Coeur and attended St Helier Boys' School until April 1961 when he was transferred at short notice to Haut de la Garenne, citing inability of the orphanage to cope and need for stricter discipline. States that he remained at Haut de la Garenne and attended D'Hautrée House School until he was 15. Sacré Coeur Describes Sacré Coeur as an austere, strict and unloving insitution run by a French order of Catholic nuns. Describes the daily routine at Sacré Coeur, comments about discipline, rules and punishment for misbehaviour. Refers to incidences of physical abuse by nuns against children for misbehaviour, noting that such punishment would be followed by physical abuse by fellow residents and corporal punishment by a school master. Recalls being reserved unwanted or uneaten food at subsequent mealtimes until it was eaten. Recalls being put to work in the fields or cleaning the orphanage upon return from school. Recalls being physically abused by nuns for exhibiting boisterious during leisure and playtime, describing punishments issued. Recalls being requried to take carts out to sell flowers and plants, recalling punishment for returning with unsold stock. Haut de la Garenne Refers to transfer to Haut de la Garenne on 30 April 1961 and comments about a Child Care Officer made to his mother about the treatment he would receive at Haut de la Garenne. States that he remained at Haut de la Garenne until he was 15. Describes being physically abused by a male staff member in the boys' dormitory, referring to indiscriminate use of the cane. Describes use of physical violence as punishment for misbehaviour or failure to complete tasks, describing punishments as systematic and commonplace. Describes two incidents where he was severly punished, referring to being being made to stand in a hallway for an extended period at night before being physically abused by caning in front of other residents and being made to walk long distances to school as punishment for smoking on the school bus. Events since leaving Care Refers to sustained attempts to block his experiences from his time at Sacré Coeur and Haut de la Garenne from his mind until news of abuse at Haut de la Garenne hit the headlines and subsequent discussion of experiences with close friends. Comments on continued impact of his experiences on his life, stating that he left school without qualifications or preparation for adult life and was limited to manual work. Refers to admission into social housing, inability to maintain long term relationships, history of alcoholism, trouble sleeping and prescription for sleeping tablets.


Collins, Alan
Maden, Anthony, Professor
Children's Services
d'Hautrée House School
Haut de la Garenne
Health and Social Services
Jersey Home for Boys
Lacey Advocates
Mourant du Feu and Jeune
Mourant Ozannes
Pannone Solicitors
Sacré Coeur Orphanage
St Helier Boys' School
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Verisona Law


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