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

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1988 - September 6th 2012

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• Jean Pamela Neil's Application Form. Signed on 5 April 2012 in the presence of Sharon Symons. States that she was taken from her parents and placed in Westaway Crèche as a baby until she was 6, moving to Grouville Girls' Home in 1941 until 1951 due to neglect by parents. Refers to staff at the Home for Girls and other girls in the home, stating that residents did not complain about abuse due to threats of violence from an individual an staff at the Home. • Authority for access to Medical Practitioner Records dated 5 April 2012. Lists Mrs Neil's year of birth. • Witness Statement of Jean Pamela Neil to the States of Jersey Police dated 10 April 2008. Signature witnessed by Detective Constable H J Twynham. Provides an account of her time in Grouville Girls Orphanage [Jersey Female Orphans' Home/Jersey Home for Girls]. For details, see C/D/AW1/A4/9/WD000157/9. • List of staff at the Home. • Letter dated 13 July 2012 from Jean Pamela Neil's legal representative to Mourant Ozannes concerning Mrs Neil's application to the Historic Abuse Compensation Scheme. • Witness Statement of Jean Pamela Neil in support of her application to the Historic Abuse Compensation Scheme. Signed by Jean Neil on 27 June 2012. States that she was born in 1935, naming her parents as William Charles Parker and Edith Mabel Parker, noting that they were well known to the Jersey authorities such as the police and Social Services. Recalls little of her early childhood, referring to placement in Westaway Crèche until she was 6 years old. Includes limited recollection of her time at Westaway Crèche, stating that she was moved to Grouville Home for Girls in 1941 and remained there until 1951. Recalls being introduced to her sisters whilst at the Home. Notes that only girls lived at the Grouville Home and that boys lived at Haut de la Garenne. States that she was put into service aged 15, leaving the Home to work as a servant for a family in St Saviour. States that she left Jersey in 1958 to go England, noting that the Home for Girls closed in 1959 and the girls moved to Haut de la Garenne which became a mixed orphanage. Describes experience of providing a statement to the Police in April 2008, stating that she came forward as a result of the publicity surrounding findings at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to complaints of abuse made in her statement relating to her time at the Home. Refers to having written a book about her life called Chairbound to Heavenbound published in March 2012 in which she set out some of her abuse at the girls' home in second chapter. Provides details of emotional, physical and sexual abuse suffered whilst at the Home, and details of punishments. Refers to marriage in 1958 and children with her husband. States that she never told her husband about the true extent of her suffering at the Home and only recently disclosed abuse suffered whilst in care to her sisters. Refers to her Christian faith, noting involvement in church activities and other voluntary activities. Comments on her experience of counselling after being directed to a counselling resource following her disclosure to the Jersey Criminal Investigation Department in 2008. Comments on the lasting impact of damaging effects of abuse suffered whilst in care and impact of not knowing she had any family until she was 6 years old. Reflects on experiences of being abused in care and remarks about its impact on her life. • Exhibit JPN 1. Includes newscuttings about Westaway Crèche, a photograph of the [Jersey Female Orphans'] Home and Chapter 2: Abuse and Suffering from Chairbound to Heaven Bound by Jean Neil. [For details about the newscuttings, see C/D/AW1/A4/9/WD000157/1]. • Letter dated 6 September 2012 from Emmott Snell Solicitors Ltd to Mourant Ozannes concerning Jean Pamela Neil's application to the Historic Abuse Compensation Scheme. • Witness Statement of Jean Pamela Neil in support of her application to the Historic Abuse Compensation Scheme. Signed by Jean Neil on 1 September 2012. Revised version of statement dated 27 June 2012 produced in response to a request by Mouran Ozannes for more specific detail about abuse suffered by Mrs Neil whilst in the care of the States of Jersey. Refers to being asked to provide names of abusers and to date her experiences in order to be satisfied that she was abused after 9 May 1945. Includes remarks about her age and impact of revisiting memories and confirms that all the abuse referred to in previous statement happened to her specifically. Statement as statement of 27 June 2012 above, but provides more details about emotional, physical and sexual abuse suffered whilst in care at the Jersey Home for Girls.


Emmott, T A
Hanning, Elaine
Le Quesne, Edward, Senator
Neil, Jean Pamela, née Parker
Parker, Edith Mabel, née Le Gresley
Parker, William Charles
Symons, Sharon
Twynham, H J, Detective Constable
Criminal Investigation Department
Emmott Snell Solicitors
Grouville School
Haut de la Garenne
Health and Social Services
Jersey Evening Post
Jersey Female Orphans' Home
Jersey Home for Girls
Lacey Advocates
Mourant Ozannes
Poor Law Commission
Public Records Office
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
Westaway Crèche


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