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Digital copy of Reports by States of Jersey Police regarding investigation into Michael Laing's experiences whilst in Care. [Some details redacted].

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Reference

C/D/AW1/A4/4/WD000006

Date

February 26th 2008 - May 14th 2009

Scope and Content

1. Action Record Print concerning [Michael] Laing's experiences at Haut de la Garenne dated March 2008. Refers to experiences of a a female former Haut de la Garenne resident who left Haut de la Garenne in the 1970s. Notes the female former Haut de la Garenne resident's recollections of abuse of residents by staff, mentioning Michael Laing. States that a statement will be obtained from an individual concerning their time at Haut de la Garenne regarding their recollections of abuse, mentioning details of perpetrators and possible details corroborating accounts in respect of others abused. Update regarding Michael Laing, mentioning scars and a complaint to be made about the Children's Office. Notes abuse by host family. Refers to update from [Civilian Investigator] Robert De La Cour regarding Michael Laing's attendance at Police Headquarters [Police Station]. Notes allocation of case to PC [Police Constable] [Sian] Gidley. Refers to Michael Laing and [Robert] De La Cour. 2. Incident Message dated 26 February 2008 referring to contact by Michael Laing. Notes that Michael Laing is a former resident of Haut de la Garenne who claims to have scars and wishes to complain about the Children's Office. Notes Michael Laing's emotional state, and his appointment at PHQ [Police Headquarters] dated 26 February 2008 following his telephone contact with States of Jersey Police the previous evening complaining about the manner in which children were allocated to homes and reporting abuse by his last [foster] family. Refers to [Civilian Investigator] [Robert] De La Cour. [For a copy of this Incident Message, see Exhibit 3: C/D/AW1/A4/4/WD000009/1]. 3. Officer's Report by [Civilian Investigator] Robert De La Cour of the Historic Abuse Team on the subject of Operation Rectangle dated 26 February 2008. Notes upset caused to Michael Laing following publicity of the discovery of a human skull at Haut de la Garenne, and allegations reported by the media involving physical and sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne. Notes Michael Laing's consideration of Haut de la Garenne as a refuge, mentioning abuse sustained whilst in the care of [foster] families. Refers to the actions of staff at Haut de la Garenne with regards to help given to a resident. Comments on bullying at Haut de la Garenne, and being placed in solitary confinement as a punishment. Provides details of staff at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning caning, behaviour, and violence. Recalls being induced to fall over in the shower due to the actions of a female member of staff, leading to treatment at the General Hospital for stitches to his chin. Refers to Michael Laing's admissions to Haut de la Garenne between 1959 and 1968, also mentioning prior admission to Westaway Creche. Comments on mother Laura Carter's inability to care for her son, and inability to identify Michael Laing's father. Provides details of Michael Laing's foster placements, mentioning physical abuse as a form of punishment, soiled underwear, pregnancy, and behaviour of other children. Recalls being fostered as a teenager, mentioning sexual abuse by the family's eldest son. Comments on Michael Laing's concerns regarding the actions of the Children's Department, mentioning [Deputy Children's Officer] Charles Smith and a woman named Thompson [possibly Children's Officer Patricia Thornton], and the changing of his name depending on his foster placement at the time. Notes Michael Laing's consideration of a civil claim against the Children's Service and States of Jersey for failing in their duty of care towards him. Discusses complaints possible to pursue, mentioning deaths and ill health regarding those previously having fostered Michael Laing. Refers to legislation discussed regarding justifiable punishment during the 1960s and 1970s, mentioning agreement that caning at the time was considered lawful punishment. Refers to Michael Laing's attendance at Children's Services to view his personal file under the Data Protection Act, noting Operation Rectangle's current possession of the file. Refers to second meeting with Michael Laing to take place, mentioning a possible statement. Provides remarks concering Michael Laing's demeanour, noting divorce, and self employment as an electriction. Refers to psychiatric treatment provided by Dr [J P F] Fogarty, mentioning emotional baggage preventing Michael Laing from having a normal relationship. Notes Michael Laing's statement that his present emotional health is a result of being moved around by Children's Services rather than due to his experiences at Haut de la Garenne. [For a copy of this Officer's Report with differing levels of redaction, see Exhibit 4: C/D/AW1/A4/4/WD000009/2]. 4. Action Record Print concerning further interview of Michael Laing dated 14 May 2009. Refers to allocation to [Civilian Investigator] [Paul] Goddard. 5. Officer's Report by CI [Civilian Investigator] Paul Nicholas Goddard of the Historical Abuse Team to the SIO [Senior Investigating Officer] of Operation Rectangle dated 14 May 2009. Refers to conversations with Michael Laing in person at the Police Station and by the telephone. Refers to compilation of a statement by Michael Laing, and Michael Laing's wish not to sign the statement for be involved in the investigation any further. Notes advice provided that should Michael Laing change his position in the future, he will be able to sign the statement which will be then formally introduced into the evidence chain. Notes that the statement will be retained as information only for the present time. [For a copy of this Officer's Report, see Exhibit 6: C/D/AW1/A4/4/WD000009/4]. 6. Unsigned statement of Michael Laing. Institutions Notes admissions to Haut de la Garenne between the years 1959 and 1968, following placement at Westaway Creche. Refers to temporary foster placments with families between 1959 and 1968. Provides details of life at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning bullying, placement in solitary confinement as a form of punishment, staff, and violence by staff. Provides details of foster placements, mentioning physical punishment, soiled underwear, pregnancy, and the behaviour of other children. Social Services Details concerns with the Children's Department, mentioning [Deputy Children's Officer] Charles Smith, and a woman named Thompson believed to be the Children's Officer [possibly Children's Officer Patricia Thornton]. Refers to the changing of his name depending on his foster placement at the time. Notes Michael Laing's complaint against the Children's Service and States of Jersey for failing in their duty of care towards him. Abuse and Consequences Refers to incident in the showers at Haut de la Garenne where the actions of a female member of staff caused Michael Laing to fall over and injure himself, leading to treatment at the General Hospital. Discusses Haut de la Garenne resident alleging abuse at Haut de la Garenne, and states that staff at Haut de la Garenne were helpful towards the resident in question. Refers to sexual abuse by the eldest son of Michael Laing's last foster family. Discusses complaints possible to pursue, mentioning deaths and ill health regarding those [previously having fostered] Michael Laing. Refers to having been caned at school as a form of corporal punishment, and considers caning to have been a lawful punishment at the time. [For a copy of this unsigned witness statement, see Exhibit 5: C/D/AW1/A4/4/WD000009/3].

Names

Children's Services
Children's Department
Children's Office
Jersey General Hospital
Haut de la Garenne
Historic Abuse Team
Operation Rectangle
Social Services
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Westaway Crèche
Carter, Laura
De La Cour, Robert, Civilian Investigator
Fogarty, J P F, Dr
Gidley, Sian, Police Constable
Goddard, Paul, Civilian Investigator
Laing, Michael Paul
Smith, Charles
Thornton, Patricia
Thompson, Mrs

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