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Digital copy of Exhibit RFB23: Report submitted by Detective Constable Nigel Gregory concerning an allegation by a female resident of La Préférence Children's Home that a member of staff at the Children's Service assaulted her in January 2004. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Robert F Bonney's Second Witness Statement to the Inquiry dated 26 November 2015 [C/D/AW4/B2/26/WS000676].
July 5th 2004 - July 23rd 2004
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Relates to an allegation made by a 14 year old female resident of La Préférence Children's Home that a member of staff at the Children's Service assaulted her in January 2004. Sets out details of the allegation, and refers to initial investigations by DC [Detective Constable] Parker of the Family Protection Unit, noting interviews with the complainant and another La Préférence resident. Refers to a tape recorded interview with the Children's Services employee by Detective Constable Nigel Gregory and DS [Detective Sergeant] David Le Sueur. Notes his employment with Children's Services, and records his actions of the day in question. Refers to a senior member of La Préférence staff's difficulties in driving residents to Heathfield [Children's Home] for lessons, and her request for the Children's Services employee's assistance. Comments on the Children's Services employee's decision to send the senior staff member home, leaving him alone with two female residents, including the complainant. Notes the other resident's use of the computer in the dining room for school work, and the Children's Services employee's decision for the complainant to leave the dining room. Mentions the Children's Services employee's explanation regarding the complainant's physical contact with male staff, and allegations arising as a result of that contact. Refers to the complainant throwing herself onto a chair in the lounge. Notes that the Children's Services employee's account differs from that of a La Préférence member of staff who also witnessed the incident, and provided a description of the Children's Services employee's behaviour and appearance. Refers to exaggeration present during the female La Préférence resident using the computer in the dining room's interview regarding the incident, noting differences to the La Préférence member of staff's account, as well as the complainant's. Refers to the Children's Services employee's denial of the allegations, and him stating that such incidents would be reported to Children's Services Manager Phil Bennett [Phil Dennett]. Comments on contradictions in the Children's Services employee's recollection of the incident. Refers to the Children's Services employee's recollection of the allegation he assaulted the complainant on the leg, and his statement of acting as Locum Parenti regarding his actions. Refers to the questioning of the Children's Services employee's use and interpretation of the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. Notes corroboration by a [member of La Préférence staff] regarding the use of physical intervention. Details the Children's Services employee's view regarding appropriate tactics in relation to child care and management. Refers to another allegation of physical abuse made against the Children's Services employee by a La Préférence resident, mentioning a chair and another La Préférence resident who has declined to be interviewed by Police. Notes that sufficient evidence would be required in order to consider a prosecution for common assault on the complainant or the other resident, and notes Detective Constable Gregory's opinion regarding insufficient evidence regarding force used on the complainant by the Children's Services employee. Notes possibility that allegations against the Children's Services employee may be malicious. Recommends that the Children's Services employee's actions in relation to the complainant be addressed by his line managers. Contains a handwritten note from R Bonney to Laurence [O'Donnell] regarding the investigation into allegations of assault by the Children's Services employee, and requesting a view on the evidence presented.
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