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Digital copy of Janet Brotherton’s statement to the Inquiry providing an account of her experiences of employment with the Jersey Child Protection Committee between 2002 and 2012. [Some details redacted].
July 10th 2015 - July 10th 2015
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Provides details of background, mentioning qualifications end employment in the United Kingdom prior to move to Jersey. Discusses association with the Jersey Child Protection Committee, beginning with initial application for the post of Multi-Agency Child Protection trainer for the Jersey Child Protection Committee. Discusses placement with the Child Protection Team, managed by team leader Sarah Brace. Notes death of previous trainer, Ron Melvin, and assistance afterwards from social worker Danny Wherry. Discusses concerns regarding quality of training provided by Danny Wherry. Refers to Dr Kathie Bull's 'Review of Principles, Procedures, and Practices at Les Chênes Residential School', and states that Dr Kathie Bull's analysis reflects Janet Brotherton's impression of staff training upon her arrival in Jersey. Provides details of Inter-Agency Child Protection Training Programme material, noting that such material was used by Janet Brotherton as a basis for training staff in Jersey. Discusses levels of individual and organisational commitment to the training offered by Janet Brotherton. Comments on history of the Jersey Child Care Committee, and action taken by the Minister for Health and Social Services [Stuart Syvret] to appoint Professor June Thoburn as the Independent Chairperson. Discusses key developments for the Jersey Child Protection Committee as a result of Professor June Thoburn's appointment. Refers to policies and procedures differing between child protection practice in Jersey and in the United Kingdom, mentioning the implementation of multi-agency policy and procedures. Discusses child protection conferences, noting concerns in 2002, and training provided by Janet Brotherton on child protection conferences from 2003 onwards. Refers to involvement of Independent Chair to the Child Protection Conferneces Jean Andrews, and difficulties relating to administrative support, and information provided to families. Recalls a difficult period for Children's Services, mentioning concerns in 2006 and 2007 regarding Children's Services' actions in regards to child protection cases, and the Long Term Team at La Chasse [Centre]. Notes concerns expressed by the Minister for Health and Social Services [Stuart Syvret], and his ordering of an inquiry into action taken by Children's Services. Refers to the arrival of Professor June Thoburn in 2008 as the Chair of the Jersey Child Protection Committee, and action taken to provide more training and greater confidence in child protection related agencies. Refers to the Andrew Williamson Report, published in 2008, and a report by Professor [Ian] Sinclair regarding Andrew Williamson's report and consideration of child abuse in Jersey. Discusses a Serious Case Review for Jersey Child Protection Committee in 2010, and findings regarding the conduct of Children's Services. Notes that social workers tended not to attend training mentioned in the Serious Case Review as being of benefit to the organisation and Children in Care. Recalls professional issues, mentioning potential resignation, difficulties within Children's Services, removal from the Policy and Procedure Sub-Committee, comments regarding Janet Brotherton's job description, and criticism of Janet Brotherton's organisation of training sessions on child protection. Provides concluding remarks regarding progress made and to be made in relation to child protection in Jersey. [For Exhibits JB1 to JB13 as referred to in this Witness Statement, see C/D/AW2/A7/25/WD006765/1 to C/D/AW2/A7/25/WD006765/13].
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