Digital copy of Documents relating to a Case Conference held at Haut de la Garenne on 24 February 1967 in respect of Witness 167. [Some details redacted]. For Witness 167's Witness Statements to the States of Jersey Police, see C/D/AW1/B1/2/2/12.

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February 24th 1967 - February 24th 1967

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• Observation Conference Report on Witness 167. Signed by the Children's Officer. Refers to a letter received from a Children's Department stating that there was no hope of the Witness 167 [and her sibling] returning to their mother. Includes remarks about [Witness 167's mother], referring to her receipt of relief rates, infrequent visits to her children and lack of contributions by the parents of the children. Notes consensus that Witness 167 and her sibling should not be moved, noting discussion of possibility of a care and protection order. Notes recommendations that there must be no move for the children and that [Witness 167's mother] be encouraged to find employment and visit the children. • Home Circumstances Report on Witness 167. Includes details about Witness 167 including year of birth, listing admission to care on 19 January 1967 due to mother's inability to provide a home. Provides a full history about Witness 167, referring to birth at the Jersey Maternity Hospital, placement with foster parents pending adoption before her mother changed her mind and stated that she wished to make a home for Witness 167 [and her sibling]. Refers to subsequent enquiries made by the Dean of Jersey in the hope of finding a small diocesan children's home near their grandmother, noting that such enquiries proved fruitless. Refers to Witness 167's removal from her short stay foster mother in part so that the children be together pending future arrangements. Notes intentions of mother to remain in Jersey and make a good home for the children, noting that at time of writing she is unemployed and living in a guest house. • Report on Witness by M P [Mary Preece], Child Care Officer. Refers to Witness 167's placement with foster parents pending adoption before her mother changed her mind regarding adoption. Includes comments about Witness 167's mother, noting her separation from her husband and other children cared for on the mainland. Refers to Witness 167's transfer to Haut de la Garenne on 19 January [1967] pending future arrangements for her and [her sibling]. • Note about Witness 167. Refers to Witness 167's admission by order of the Constable of St Helier because of mother's inability to provide a home.


Preece, Mary
Children's Department
Children's Office
Constable of St Helier
Dean of Jersey
Education Committee
Education Committee (Children's Section)
Haut de la Garenne
Maternity Hospital


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