Comments

Digital copy of Exhibit 3: Copy of an individual's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police providing an account of his experiences of the child care system in Jersey, primarily with respect to his time at [a Family Group Home]. Signature witnessed by Detective Constable [Dave] O’Grady. [Some details redacted]. Used in relation to Witness 287's first statement to the Inquiry dated 17 June 2015, see C/D/AW2/B1/9/WS00594. For Witness 287's witness statements to the Inquiry dated 17 June 2015, see C/D/AW2/B1/9.

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Reference

C/D/AW2/A1/8/WD006470/3

Date

April 28th 2008 - April 28th 2008

Scope and Content

Background and Home Life Gives details of background and early years at home. Born in Jersey and placed into care aged 3 months, citing violent father as reason. Talks of involvement in a serious accident aged 7, mentioning time spent in hospital and impact on memory with respect to life before the age of 7. Institutions Includes references to his time in a Children’s Home and in foster care [at a Family Group Home]. Placed into a Children’s Home aged 3 months up until the age of 7. Moved to [a Family Group Home] aged 7. Recollections of the property, including memories of the room layout. Comments on the property’s Edwardian style. Notes how foster children were prohibited from accessing certain areas of the home. Also includes recollections of other children in residence and foster parents. Stayed at [Family Group Home] until the age of 11, where after the individual moved to live with his mother. Children’s Services Recollections of Children’s Officer Mr [C A] Smith. Abuse and Consequences Recollections of physical abuse and emotional abuse whilst in foster care at [a Family Group Home]. Gives details of physical abuse and neglect by [foster father], referring to a yellow plastic cricket bat. Also includes descriptions of physical abuse and sexual abuse by [foster mother] in the washroom during bathing times commenting on issues surrounding privacy. Recalls incident of physical abuse by member of staff at the Family Group Home. Gives details of reporting abuse to Children’s Officer Mr [C A] Smith and talking to two people from the Foster Parents Association, and subsequent suspension of the member of staff when the individual was aged 10. Gives details of physical abuse by [foster mother]. Recalls incidents of assault, giving details of the physical symptoms of the abuse. Refers to witnesses to physical abuse by [foster parents] and action taken by them to hide the physical symptoms of abuse visible on the individual. Recollections of routine physical abuse by [foster father] on a daily basis. Also talks of regular physical abuse by [foster parents] during dinnertime. Gives details of possible sexual abuse and physical abuse by a male visitor to the [Family Group Home], inferring grooming. Refers to punishment whilst in residence at the [Family Group Home], describing neglect, emotional abuse and physical abuse. Notes that punishments would be carried out in front of other foster children. Recalls witnessing incident in the garden of the property whereby another child was physically abused. Descriptions of emotional abuse by [foster parents] whilst in residence in the Family Group Home. Notes how the individual was deprived of contact with his mother and sisters. Events since leaving Care Statement finishes with reflections of the individual's experiences during his childhood. Comments on impact of abuse on later life, referring to impact on his ability as a parent. Includes recollections of providing a statement in 2000, subsequent hearing in the Family Court and results of the hearing. Explains decision to talk to the Inquiry about his experiences, expressing his anger towards perpetrators of abuse.

Names

O'Grady, Dave, Detective Constable
Smith, C A
Children's Services
Jersey Foster Carers Association
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police

Keywords

abuse | assault | baths | child abuse | Children | children's homes | childcare | Children's Officers | children's services | corporal punishment | Dinner | emotional abuse | evidence | exhibits | Food | Family Group Homes | fathers | foster parents | fostering | foster homes | interviews | IJCI | inquiries | meals | mothers | Police | police officers | physical abuse | punishments | siblings | Sisters | sexual abuse | statements | violence | visits | witness statements | witnesses

Dimensions

1 pdf file

Language

English

Level of description

file

Access Restriction

PDF file - please click on the link to download

Closed until

2100

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