Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Anthony Jordan to the Inquiry providing evidence about his time working as a residential member of staff at Haut de la Garenne from 1978 to 1984. [Some details redacted].

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July 20th 2015 - July 20th 2015

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Refers to his wife, Morag Jordan's, employment at Haut de la Garenne from 1971 to 1984 and evidence provided by her to the Inquiry. Provides details about his background referring to his career in the army serving in Gibraltar and Tidworth, time in the police force in Gibraltar, and move to Jersey in 1977. Refers to his employment with the Channel Island Yacht Services and association with Tony Watton through the local canoe club. Details his application to Haut de la Garenne, referring to him meeting Morag Kidd and his acquaintance with Tony Watton, noting that he had no qualification or experience of working with children. Describes being interviewed by the Superintendent, Jim Thompson [Thomson], commenting on the interview process. Refers to his appointment in October 1978 and explains matters regarding his marital status at the time of his application. Includes a description of his role in Claymore group at Haut de la Garenne, the daily routine of the children, the aims and philosophy of Haut de la Garenne and comments about the disciplining of children, responding to comments made by John Pilling in a report dated 1980. Asserts that never physically assaulted any of the children. Also includes comments about the difference in care provision to long-term and short-term residents at Haut de la Garenne and recollections of staffing at Haut de la Garenne. States that he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Haut de la Garenne. Includes recollections of Jim Thompson [Thompson], commenting on his tendency for alcohol and his disciplining of children. States that he never received any training during his time at Haut de la Garenne, highlighting lack of guidance and training including restraint training or any specific training to deal with difficult situations involving children. Recalls frequency and formality of staff meetings at Haut de la Garenne and states that he did not have regular dealing with Children's Services, recalling Child Care Officers David Castledine and Dick Davenport. Recalls decision taken by himself and Morag to leave Jersey after Haut de la Garenne closed, citing property prices. Refers to allegations of physical abuse made by former residents against him and his wife in 2009 which resulted in his arrest, prosecution, conviction and sentencing to six months imprisonment. Maintains that the allegations made against him are untrue or overstated, and comments on specific allegations made against him Also comments on the conduct and role of the police and press during the investigation and asserts belief that the prosecution and criminal trial against him and Morag was flawed. Includes comments about the States of Jersey and the quality of his legal representation by his advocate during the trial. States that he feels that he was let down and that the States have questions to answer. [For Exhibits AJ1 to AJ4 referred to in this Witness Statement, see C/D/AW2/A7/13/WD007081/1 to C/D/AW2/A7/13/WD007081/4].


Castledine, David
Davenport, Richard
Jordan, Anthony
Jordan, Morag
Lambert, David
Pilling, John
Smith, Charles
Thomson, Jim
Watton, Tony
Wilkinson, Elizabeth
British Army
Channel Island Yacht Services
Children's Services
Daily Mail
Education Committee
Haut de la Garenne
Jersey Canoe Club
La Préférence Children's Home
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
The Sun


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