Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Derek Carter to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences working at Les Chênes [Residential] School, later Greenfields [Centre] between 1980 and 2006. [Some details redacted].

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August 3rd 2015 - August 3rd 2015

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Provides description of background, mentioning education, qualifications, and career prior to move to Jersey. Recalls move to Jersey and employment at Les Chênes Residential School following application to an advertisement regrding a post at Les Chênes. Comments on the structure at Les Chênes, mentioning teaching and residential staff, and daily routine. Recalls staff at Les Chênes, including Mario Lundy. Provides details of child residents and admission procedures at Les Chênes. Mentions children placed at Les Chênes on remand, and children placed at Les Chênes due to behavioural issues. Comments on system such as handovers, staff meetings, and record keeping. Refers to reports written regarding residents, and incidents recorded in day books. Provides details regarding interaction with third parties, mentioning Children's Services, the Education Committee, and Probation [and Aftercare] Service. Recalls staff shortages, and responses to such shortages by staff in order to provide adequate cover for the children in care. Comments on the points system in operation at Les Chênes [Merit Award Scheme]. Notes methods of awarding or deducting points via the points system in operation at Les Chênes. Provides details regarding corporal punishment, restraint, and managing behaviour. Recalls residents being caned as a form of corporal punishment. Details use of the secure cells, and provides explanations as to alternative punishments at Les Chênes instead of placement in the secure cells. Refers to children on remand sleeping in the secure cells at night. Describes a major incident in which two residents caused damage to the recreation room, necessitating Derek Carter's decision to call States of Jersey Police who removed the children from the room. Describes transition of Les Chênes to Greenfields, mentioning a report on staffing at Les Chênes, and the introduction of specialised care workers. Recalls how changes in [principal] affected the atmosphere at the school. Comments on establishment of the Alternative Curriculum at Greenfields, under John Chinn. Outlines benefits for children involved, and recalls that children in prison were also taught under this system. Refers to facilities at Greenfields, and Derek Carter's partial retirement in 2006, and resignation a year later. Provides thoughts on the [Independent Jersey Care] Inquiry, noting that the Inquiry could be perceived as a public relations exercise by the States of Jersey. Defends reputation of Mario Lundy, citing reports in the media as to Mario Lundy's conduct at Les Chênes. [For Exhibits DC1 to DC5 as referred to in this Witness Statement, see C/D/AW2/A7/17/WD007196/1 to C/D/AW2/A7/17/WD007196/5].


Alternative Curriculum
Children's Services
Education Committee
Greenfields Centre
Haut de la Garenne
Heathfield Children's Home
La Préférence Children's Home
Les Chênes Residential School
La Motte Street
Moortop Boarding School for Maladjusted Boys
Onslow School
Operation Rectangle
Probation and After Care Service
Silver Springs Hotel
States of Jersey Police
States of Jersey
Trent Park College of Education
University of London
Carter, Derek
Chinn, Jonathan
Lundy, Mario
Waggott, Peter


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