Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Jonathan Chinn to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences as a teacher at Les Chênes from 1982 to 2002 and at Greenfields from 2006 to 2012. [Some details redacted].

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May 29th 2015 - May 29th 2015

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Provides an overview of his early career training and working as a PE teacher at Denefield School, Reading. Recalls seeing an advertisement for a teaching job at Les Chênes, noting that he visited the school and was shown around by Mario Lundy. Describes the application and interview process in respect of his appointment at Les Chênes as a PE teacher. Describes his role and responsibilities at Les Chênes, originally as a PE teacher and later as a team leader, explaining decision not to become a Deputy Headmaster of Headmaster at the school. Describes lack of training for teaching staff at Les Chênes, remarks about personal development and recollections of the introduction of restraint training for residential staff at Greenfields. Provides an overview of Les Chênes and Greenfields, including comments about the staff and the relationship between the staff and the children. Describes the structure at Les Chênes, detailing the shift system under which the teaching staff operated, the use of supply staff, and comments about the admissions process. Describes the general approach at Les Chênes, particularly in relation to education, activities and rules and regulations. Includes an explanation of the Merit Award Scheme used at Les Chênes, remarks about the home leave programme and how this linked to the Merit Award Scheme, and comments about the token economy and the manner in which pocket money was dealt with. Includes comments about discipline at Les Chênes, commenting on the policy regarding corporal punishment, the use of the secure suites and use of restraint, including details of restraint training. Describes how he dealt with difficult issues or incident at Les Chênes, stating that he does not recall a specific policy for reporting issues or concerns. Refers to the use of an incident book to record incidents and information relating to children and includes comments about the management of contact between children and their parents. Explains opinion that not enough was done to assist children and prepare them upon leaving Les Chênes in the 1980s and 1990s and describes support provided to Les Chênes by external agencies and individuals such as Children's Services, educational psychologists, probation officers, parents, lawyers, doctors, drug and alcohol advisers and advisers including Dr Ron Dawson. Also comments on extracts of reports on Les Chênes by Kathie Bull and Madeleine Davies. Describes the transition from Les Chênes to Greenfields between 2003 to 2006, commenting on staffing changes and facilities at the new Greenfields building. Comments on the separation between teaching and care staff at Greenfields and recalls problems under [a particular memnber of staff at Greenfields]. Also describes his involvement in the Alternative Curriculum at Highlands College in 2002 and return to work as a teacher at Greenfields up until his retirement in 2012. Includes recollections of the Grand Prix system that operated at Greenfields and comments about the use of discipline and restraint at Greenfields. Comments on complaints made against Les Chênes staff, including specific comment on allegations made against Mario Lundy and remarks about the motivation behind the majority of complaints made against staff. [For Exhibits JC1 to JC7 referred to in this Witness Statement, see C/D/AW2/A7/26/WD006206/1 to C/D/AW2/A7/26/WD006206/7].


Bull, Kathie, Dr
Chinn, Jonathan
Davies, Madeleine
Dawson, Ron, Dr
Dennett, Phil
Hallam, Stuart
Lambert, David
Lundy, Mario
Pilling, John
Wilkinson, Elizabeth
Children's Services
De La Salle College
Denefield School
Education Department
Education Sport and Culture
Fort Regent
Greenfields Centre
Haut de la Garenne
Health and Social Services
Highlands College
Howard League for Penal Reform
Jersey Zoo
Les Chênes Residential School
Mont à l'Abbé School
Probation Service
St Michael's School
Victoria College


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