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Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Witness 283 to the Inquiry providing an account of her experiences of the Children's Service, particularly in relation to her experiences working at Clos des Sables Family Group Home. Undated, c. 2014. [Some details redacted].
2014 - 2014
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Provides details about her background, stating that she born in England in 1943 before moving to Jersey where she was educated. Notes that she returned to England after leaving school, married her first husband aged 19 and separated after nine years, returning to Jersey with her children. Provides details of her involvement in childcare in Jersey, firstly as a childminder before applying to work at Clos des Sables Family Group Home. States that she had no qualifications at time of applying, recalling conversations with [the houseparents] and an interview with Charles Smith before being offered the job. Recalls receiving a book containing information all of the children who lived at Clos des Sables. Includes a description of her role and responsibilities at Clos des Sables and details of her weekly working hours and wage. Notes lack of handover discussions with [the housemother] when starting her shift and recollections of relief and support staff. Recalls moving into the Family Group Home to cover whilst [the houseparents] were on leave. Describes the set-up at Clos des Sables, commenting on the background and needs of the children, room layout of the property and remarks about the house being cramped and at full capacity. States that she did not receive any training during the 15 years she worked at Clos des Sables. Includes comments about the environment within the Family Group Home and remarks about the running of the Home. Includes comments about [the houseparents] and their impact on the negative environment of the Home, remarking on the quality of care and strictness of [the housemother] and the financial management of the Home. Refers to the departure of [the houseparents] in 1989 and comments about the new management of the Home, remarking on the more relaxed environment at Clos des Sables upon the arrival of a female member of staff. Recalls that the children were also assigned new Child Care Officers during this period, naming Hal Coomer and Danny Wherry. Refers to the closure of Clos des Sables soon after and her transfer to La Préférence. Includes comments about Children's Services, referring to each child being allocated their own Child Care Officer and her recollections of the supervised nature of visits by these Child Care Officers when they saw the children. Includes comments about contact between the staff at Clos des Sables and Children's Services, recollections of individuals including Jim Thompson [Thomson] and Brenda Chappell and remarks about Children's Services not taking a proactive role in monitoring Clos des Sables. Refers to the conviction of Les Hughes for sexually abusing female residents at Clos des Sables. Responds to allegations by female residents that they made disclosures about the sexual abuse to her, explaining her reasoning for not reporting a disclosure of sexual abuse made by a particular resident. Includes recollections of the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against Les Hughes. Comments on specific incidents referred to in the evidence of former residents of Clos des Sables about abuse by Les Hughes, including allegations made against her regarding her response when disclosures of sexual abuse were made to her. States that she was never interviewed by Anton Skinner or went through any disciplinary investigation as a result of allegations made against her regarding her conduct and inaction in relation to disclosures of sexual abuse. Refers to her transfer to La Préférence following the closure of Clos des Sables, commenting on the contrast between the management, organisation and running of the two establishments. Notes that she worked at La Préférence for 18 months before moving to Aviemore caring with children with special educaitonal needs where she worked for 17 years before retiring from Children's Services. Recalls receiving a letter from Marnie Baudains thanking her for her service to children. Finishes with reflections on her experiences, including comments about staff training, qualifications, learning from mistakes, restraint training, importance of good management, and remarks about her handling of disclosures of sexual abuse. [For Exhibits 1 to 8 referred to in this statement, see C/D/AW2/A6/5/WD009395/1 to C/D/AW2/A6/5/WD009395/8].
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