Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Witness 15 to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences as a Paediatrician at the General and Maternity Hospitals between 1978 and 2006, particularly in relation to his involvement in the development of arrangements for child protection in Jersey. [Some details redacted].

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December 3rd 2014 - December 3rd 2014

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Includes details about his medical qualifications and career in the medical profession, referring to his role as a Paediatrician at the General and Maternity Hospitals from15 September 1978 until his retirement in July 2006. Includes comments about his predecessor, comments about the passing of the Medical Act in 1967 and details about the system of medical administration of general practice in Jersey. Includes comments about the development of the science of child abuse teaching and practice, referring to the work of Dr John Caffey and the evolution of the terms battered child syndrome, Trauma X, non-accidental injury and child abuse. Also includes comments about the work of Dr Henry Kempe on the issue of child abuse and refers to the impact of the Maria Colwell case in respect of the subsequent response regarding the development of child protection arrangements and children's social services, mentioning a report by T G Field Fisher. Refers to correspondence between Dr Carter and Charles Smith, Children's Officer regarding the co-ordination of doctors, children's social services and the police in respect of the management of cases of non-accidental injuries in Jersey. Comments on his professional relations with the States of Jersey and Honorary Police staff concerning childcare and welfare matters, noting his retirement from the Child Protection Committee in 2005. Includes comments about the work of Terry Strettle during his time as Children's Officer, referring to the closure of Haut de la Garenne. Also includes comments about the work of Dr Christine Cooper in the field of non-accidental injuries, referring to a keynote presentation she gave at a syposium he organised in Jersey in 1981. Includes details of his involvement in numerous cases of non-accidental injurues against children, including those that resulted in prosecutions and cases of alleged sexual abuse of children mentioning his work alongside police surgeons. Refers to recent concern about the quality of care of children in Jersey, welcoming decision to hold an Inquiry whilst asserting to have not heard anything about alleged historical child abuse in 35 years of living and working in Jersey. States that he has never been interviewed about any matters referring to childcare or child abuse in Jersey and finishes with reflections on his career involved in the care of children in Jersey.


Caffey, John, Dr
Carter, S, Dr
Colwell, Maria
Cooper, Christine, Dr
Field-Fisher, T G
Harper, Lenny
Kempe, Henry, Dr
Parkinson, David
Power, Graham
Skinner, Anton
Smith, Charles
Strettle, Terry
Tomes, Vernon
Children's Services
Court of Appeal
Department of Health and Social Security
Haut de la Garenne
Jersey Child Protection Committee
Jersey Evening Post
Jersey General Hospital
Maternity Hospital
Royal Court
Social Services Inspectorate
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police


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