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Digital copy of Exhibit AS32: Witness Statement of Dylan Southern to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences whilst employed within Social Services. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Anton Skinner's second Witness Statement to the Inquiry dated 18 February 2016, [C/D/AW2/B2/15/WS000734].
November 24th 2015 - November 24th 2015
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Discusses early life and career in nursing and psychiatric nursing prior to appointment to the role of Director of Nursing for Mental Health at St Saviour's Hospital in 1990. Discusses the role of Director of Nursing and Mental Health, and consequent responsibilities such as management and modernisation of the mental health services in Jersey at St Saviour's Hospital and Jersey General Hospital. Provides details of the needs of patients accommodated for at St Saviour's Hospital, and aim to reduce the extent to which psychiatric services were hospital based, and increase the extent to which the same services were community based. Refers to disparities between laws in Jersey concerning mental health, and laws in the United Kingdom. Refers to aim to improve psychiatric support services for children. Provides details of the methods used by Dylan Southern to investigate current mental health services available in Jersey in 1990, mentioning budget, and islanders on funded placements in the United Kingdom relating to mental health. Discusses improvements to mental health, education, and support services for children in Jersey during Dylan Southern's tenure. Refers to involvement with Children's Services and allegations of child abuse. Recalls transfer of Children's Services from the Education Department to the Health and Social Services Department. Describes how allegations of abuse were investigated by Dylan Southern and his team. Recalls hearing of a criminal case against former Blanche Pierre Family Group Home houseparents Alan and Jane Maguire regarding allegations of child abuse. Recalls invitation to conduct a disciplinary investigation into Jane Maguire's conduct. Provides details relating to the disciplinary investigation, mentioning review of documentation, interviews [with former Blanche Pierre residents], interview with Jane Maguire, interview with Anton Skinner, submission of report, second version of report, and letter in relation to Anton Skinner. Refers to departure from Jersey in August 1999 following a secondment request from the Senior Nursing Officer of the Department of Health, Malcolm Rae CBE, to work at Ashworth Hospital. Provides details of contact with Jersey since department, mentioning telephone call from the British Broadcasting Corporation in 2006 regarding a copy of Dylan Southern's report on Jane Maguire that had been released to the media by Stuart Syvret, and contact from the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. Provides thoughts around tolerance in Jersey for behaviour that would not be tolerated elsewhere, mentioning alcoholism, influence, and inference. Refers to assistance provided by Marnie Baudains during Dylan Southern's production of his report on Jane Maguire, and belief that Marnie Baudains was relaying information to Anton Skinner. Refers to e-mail correspondence between Stuart Syvret, Graham Power, Keith Bray, Alison Fossey, and Lenny Harper concerning Stuart Syvret's belief that the Health and Social Services Committee was misled in the late 1990s as to the contents of Dylan Southern's report on Jane Maguire. States belief of an attempt to cover up [allegations of abuse at Blanche Pierre] rather than deal with the allegations in an appropriate manner. Comments on likelihood of long term mental health and anxiety issues being experienced by children abused in Jane and Alan Maguire's care. Provides opinion on lessons to be learned, mentioning clarity on legal obligations for those looking after vulnerable people, as well an increase in accountability for individuals and organisations. Suggests Jersey would benefit from the introduction of independent oversight from an official regualtory body such as the Care Quality Commission in England. Relays final suggestion of the introduction of an independent whistleblowing process for those working amongst the civil service.
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