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Digital copy of Documents relating to a report by Bridget Shaw detailing concerns held by herself and the States of Jersey Police about the Children's Service. Refers to Danny Wherry. [Some details redacted]. For Danny Wherry's Witness Statement to the Inquiry dated 2015, see C/D/AW2/B3/13/WS000543.
April 18th 2006 - April 28th 2010
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• Email correspondence dated 12 November 2007 to 28 April 2010 between William Bailhache, John Edmonds, Timothy Le Cocq, Bridget Shaw, and Stéphanie Nicolle concerning the Andrew Williamson Enquiry. Discusses allegations made by Senator [Stuart] Syvret, and cases known to Children's Services causing concern to States of Jersey Police. • Report by Bridget Shaw, Legal Adviser for William Bailhache, Attorney General detailing concerns held by herself and the States of Jersey Police concerning the Children's Service. Includes a covering memorandum dated 15 November 2007 from Bridget Shaw, Legal Adviser for William Bailhache, Attorney General referring to enclosure of a report detailing concerns held by herself and the States of Jersey Police concerning the Children's Service, referring to liaison with the Solicitor General regarding the matters. Report includes background information about the matters, referring to a number of issues raised by Alison Fossey concerning the way in which Children's Service officers were dealing with cases, particularly in respect of the Long Term Care Team. Outlines action by the Legal Advisers' Office, details of a meeting with Police on 6 June 2006 and details of a meeting with the Children's Service. Sets out the present position of the Police regarding the Children's Service, including remarks about delays in cases and the poor judgment of Children's Service staff. Also includes comments about the Williamson Enquiry. • Memorandum dated 18 April 2006 from Detective Sergeant [Alison] Fossey to Detective Chief Inspector [André] Bonjour and Force Legal Adviser Bridget Shaw referring to the Long Term Team, La Chasse Outlines a number of issues in relation to dealing with the Long Term Team of Child Care Officers since taking up the post of Sergeant in charge of the Family Protection Team in January 2006. Refers to specific cases, making comments about the conduct of staff in the Long Term Team, approaches to emergency child protection matters, risk assessment and responsiveness. • Memorandum dated 23 May 2006 from Bridget Shaw, Legal Adviser to Stéphanie Nicolle, Solicitor General concerning a Children's Service report by Alison Fossey. Refers to concerns of the Family Protection Team regarding the operation of the Children's Service, particularly the Long Term Team at La Chasse and a report on the matter prepared by Alison Fossey. Also refers to conflict between the Police and Children's Service in respect of Mr [Danny] Wherry's approach to missing children. Outlines need to co-operation between the Police and Children's Service, noting difficulties encountered with the Long Term Team at La Chasse, highlighting a number of cases involving particular children and families including concerns about children being subjected to indecent assault, physical abuse and emotional abuse. Refers to comments by Detective Sergeant Fossey regarding the conduct and actions of Children's Service staff including Danny Wherry and Jean Anderson, particular in respect of the conduct of case conferences. • File Note dated 6 June 2006 by André Bonjour, Detective Chief Inspector, States of Jersey Police regarding a meeting with the Solicitor General regarding concerns in respect of the Children's Service. Lists the Solicitor General, Mrs B Shaw, Detective Chief Inspector [André] Bonjour and Detective Sergeant [Alison] Fossey as present. Refers to recent history involving the Family Protection Team and the Children's Service and view that there had been a lack of action on the part of the Children's Service to action care orders in long term cases where there were grounds to do so. Sets out details about examples of families affected by inaction, including examples of an obvious history of neglect and abuse in respect of three specific families. Refers to a report compiled by Detective Sergeant Fossey and like outcome of a review. Includes discussion about the need to take the matter up with the management team at Children's Service such as Marnie Baudains and remarks about the issues relating solely to the long term team and not the broader Children's Services' team, referring to Danny Wherry. Refers to further examples of lack of Children's Service action, including a case involving abuse of 13 year old girl over 2 years. Includes comments by André Bonjour about friction and diplomacy in respect of the matter as to safeguard [Alison] Fossey and the Family Protection Team's working relationship with the Children's Service, and the importance of a review. Refers to discussion about the prosecution of cases that could have been prevented by earlier action.
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