Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Graham Jennings to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences working in the Health and Social Services Department, particularly in relation to his time as Chief Executive from 1996 to 2002. [Some details redacted].

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February 15th 2016 - February 15th 2016

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Sets out details of his professional qualifications in the fields of nursing and teaching and an overview of his career as a clinical nurse practitioner, clinical teacher, lecturer and manager in the United Kingdom including as Director of Nursing for Clwyd Health Authority. Refers to his return to Jersey in 1985 to take on the role of postgraduate lecturer in the Health Department, mentioning various service development and managerial positions held by him before becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 1989 and Chief Executive in 1996 up until his retirement on health grounds in 2002. Includes comments about the case of Jane and Alan Maguire, recalling that in 1997 he was briefed by Anton Skinner or Marnie Baudains about allegations made by former residents of the Family Group Home at Blanche Pierre previously run by houseparents Jane and Alan Maguire. Notes involvement of the States of Jersey Police and Child Protection Team in the matter. States that he was informed by Anton Skinner that there had been previous reports of abuse by staff employed at the Family Group Home, noting concerns raised in 1989/1990. Outlines Mr Skinner's action in response to the allegations which resulted in the Maguires' departure from the Family Group Home and Jane Maguire's continued employment within the Children's Service. Refers to the police investigation which resulted in Jane Maguire's suspension from work, recalling decision taken that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute. Includes recollections of the disciplinary process regarding Jane Maguire, detailing his involvement in the process as well as the involvement of Dylan Southern and Marnie Baudains. Includes comments about a draft report prepared by Dylan Southern in February 1999, noting concerns raised by Mr Southern about the conduct of Anton Skinner. Includes remarks about the draft report going beyond the brief set out by him. Refers to a second version of the report dated 23 February 1999 prepared by Dylan Southern and includes comments about the disciplinary hearing, referring to arguments of Mrs Maguire's advocate Mr [Peter] Harris and the conclusion of the disciplinary panel that Jane Maguire's conduct amounted to gross professional misconduct which necessitated dismissal from her employment. Includes response to comments about the matter by Dylan Southern in his statement to the Inquiry, particularly in relation to the difference in the availability of evidence against the Maguires in 1999 compared to 1990. Details his response to concerns raised by Dylan Southern regarding Anton Skinner, including an explanation of a number of matters relating to his decision not to investigate Mr Skinner's conduct in 1990 despite concerns raised by Mr Southern, noting his conversation with Mr Skinner following the disciplinary hearing. Responds to comments about this matter by Dylan Southern and Anton Skinner in their statements to the Inquiry. Also includes comments about reporting to the Health and Social Services Committee, responding to allegations about his conduct made against him by Stuart Syvret. Also includes his response to comments by Paul Le Claire about alleged comments made at a Committee meeting. Finishes with closing comments, detailing his response to the question of how he would have acted differently if he was today faced with concerns about the manner in which a senior member of staff had investigated complaints of child abuse within the organisation. Includes remarks about there being a different culture in the 1990s whilst outlining satisfaction that Anton Skinner acted in the best interests of the children. [For Exhibits GJ1 to GJ14 referred to in this Witness Statement, see C/D/AW2/A7/23/WD009305/1 to C/D/AW2/A7/23/WD009305/14].


Bass, Roger
Baudains, Marnie
Chappell, Brenda
Davenport, Richard
Harris, Peter, Advocate
Jennings, Graham
King, Debbie, Dr
Le Claire, Paul
Maguire, Alan
Maguire, Jane
Skinner, Anton
Southern, Dylan
Spencer, Geoff
Syvret, Stuart
Tomkinson, Mike
Blanche Pierre Family Group Home
Child Protection Team
Children's Services
Clwyd Health Authority
Crill's Advocates
Education Committee
Education Department
Health and Social Services
Health and Social Services Committee
Operation Rectangle
Police Court
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police


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