Digital copy of the Witness Statement of David Castledine to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences working for Children's Services as a Child Care Officer and Fostering Officer. [Some details redacted].

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July 8th 2015 - July 8th 2015

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Provides details about his background, referring to his qualification in social work and career working as an Education Welfare Officer and a Social Worker in the Leicester area. Refers to his original unsuccessful application for the post of Child Care Officer in Jersey in 1971 or 1972, noting that he was later contacted by Charles Smith in 1974 and offered the position of Child Care Officer which he accepted. Explains his role and responsibilities as a Child Care Officer, referring to file allocation, caseloads, training upon commencement of role and relationship with the Honorary Police. Recalls visiting each of the children he was responsible for, stating that the main focus of his role as a Child Care Officer was to build a strong and positive relationship with each child. Recalls regular interactions with the families of the children in the family home and asserts that he regular made time to speak with each child alone, noting how practice changed overtime due to child protection concerns. Asserts that he made copious notes during the course of his work as a Child Care Officer, commenting on a number of documents relating to cases in which he was involved. Also includes comments about the allocation of his caseloads and provides comments outlining his impression of the various places that he visited in his capacity as a Child Care Officer including: Haut de la Garenne, La Préférence and Clos des Sables Family Group Home. Includes comments about Haut de la Garenne, commenting on the relationship between Children's Services and the Home, recollections of staff including Jim Thomson, the use of corporal punishment and the use of the detention rooms. Comments on why children absconded from Haut de la Garenne, referring to his experience of working with pupils truanting from school in the United Kingdom. Refers to incidents involving children at Haut de la Garenne for whom he had responsiblility, remarks about staff including Morag Kidd and his explanation of the impact of the closure of Haut de la Garenne in 1986 on the fostering service. Also includes comments about the relationship between Le Rocquier School and Haut de la Garenne. Discusses the issue of reporting abuse, detailing his experience of dealing with allegations of abuse made by and against children for whom he had responsibility. Refers to appointment as Jersey's first Fostering Officer in 1982, providing context to his appointment, remarks about the fostering systems in place in Jersey prior to wotk carried out by him in the late 1970s and his formal appointment as Fostering Officer, detailing the application process to become foster parents. Notes that there was no fostering team to support him when he became Fostering Officer. Describes his involvement in the development of fostering in Jersey from 1982, detailing relationships formed with the British Association for Adoption and Fostering and the National Foster Care Association, new policies, processes and systems introduced, support provided to foster parents, and successful recruitment campaigns to register foster parents. States that he left his role as Fostering Officer in 1992 or 1993, shortly before Children’s Services moved from being part of the Education Department to the Health and Social Services Department. Refers to the emergence of the Fostering Service in around 1993, his move to La Chasse and return to his role as a Child Care Officer based within the Children in Care Team. Details his role in the establishment of the Fostering and Adoption Team in 1996, noting his involvement until 1996. Includes recollections of Alan and Jane Maguire, recalling their application to foster a child who was previously resident at Blanche Pierre. Comments on his involvement in this process in his capacity as Fostering Officer at the time of the application, stating that he had no input in the final decision to place the child with the Maguires, highlighting role of Anton Skinner in this fostering placement. Includes comments about the idea of a professional fostering service, stating that there was a limited effort made to establish professional fostering in Jersey during his time as Fostering Officer, citing lack of fostering specialists and his limited influence as Fostering Officer. Also refers to the development of financial offerings in the form of enhanced bandings and comments about the impact of high property prices upon the number of available foster carers. Also includes comments about his personal experience of fostering, referring to children to whom he and his wife provided short-term fostering care. Comments on a States of Jersey Police report dated 3 April 2003 relating to a case where two children were alleged to have been sexually abused by an older boy, and his recollections of a case regarding the death of [a child] in private foster care. Finishes with conclusion reflecting on his personal contribution to fostering and childcare services in Jersey through his work for Children's Services. [For Exhibits DC1 to DC26 referred to in this Witness Statement, see C/D/AW2/A7/18/WD006760/1 to C/D/AW2/A7/18/WD006760/26].


Castledine, David
Castledine, Wendy
Chappell, Brenda
Ferguson, Anne
Gardener, Christopher
Ford, Doré
Kidd, Morag
Le Sueur, Anthony Giles
Maguire, Alan
Maguire, Jane
McGregor, Don
Pugsley, Marta
Rodhouse, John
Smith, Charles
Skinner, Anton
Southern, Dylan
Spratt, Clifford, Dr
Thomson, Jim
Tilbrook, Colin
British Association for Adoption and Fostering
Children in Care Team
Children's Services
Children's Sub-Committee
Clos des Sables Family Group Home
Education Department
Fostering and Adoption Jersey
Haut de la Garenne
Health and Social Services
La Chasse Centre
La Préférence Children's Home
Le Rocquier School
National Foster Care Association
Operation Rectangle
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
University of Leicester
Vaughan College


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