Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Mario Lundy to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences working at Les Chênes and Haut de la Garenne and as Director of Education, Sport and Culture for the States of Jersey. [Some details redacted].

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June 9th 2015 - June 9th 2015

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Provides an overview of his career, referring to his roles as Deputy Principal at Les Chênes from 1979 to 1987 and then Principal until 1997, temporary posting to Haut de la Garenne for three months in 1985, and appointments as Head Teacher at Grainville School in 1997, Assistant Director of Schools and Colleges in 2004, and Director of Education, Sport and Culture for the States of Jersey in 2008 until his retirement in August 2014. Provides details about his background, mentioning his teaching qualification in Manchester and employment in Blackburn and in an approved school in Hampshire. Describes applying for a position at Les Chênes in 1979 where he held the roles of Deputy Principal and Principal and details about his other roles, noting that the early period in his role as Director of Education, Sport and Culture coincided with Operation Rectangle and the investigation into Haut de la Garenne, referring to false allegations made against him. Comments on the establishment of Les Chênes, remarking on its role and dual purpose as a remand facility and a secure school and comments about the remand procedure. Includes comments about staff at Les Chênes, noting the lack of distinction made between teachers and care workers and a description of the on-site residency arrangements for the Principal, Deputy and Matron. Describes approach adopted by staff at Les Chênes and informal complaints procedure. Describes the philosophy and culture at Les Chênes as one of care and control, recalling two distinct paradigms in terms of working with young people in secure schools. Also includes comments about the Merit Award System, detailing its role as a behaviour management system and issues at Les Chênes regarding security and remand. Refers to the use of incident books to log incidents, commenting on the apparent destruction of these books in 2002. Responds to comments about the Merit Award System raised in reports by John Pilling in 1980 and Dr Kathie Bull in 2002 and outlines success of the system. Also describes level of contact between pupils and Children's Services and other external support, referring to case conferences. Refers to oversight and monitoring arrangements by the Advisory Sub-Committee and frequent visits to Les Chênes by members of the Education Department's advisory team. Also refers to independent inspections of Les Chênes including the Lambert Wilkinson Report in 1981 and by Her Majesty's Inspectorate in 1983. Includes comments about the use of restraint and sanctions at Les Chênes including details about the policy regarding corporal punishment, the approach adopted in instances where pupils ran away, the standard of provision for vulnerable young people and the issue of complaints by pupils. Details his experiences of restraining children, commenting on dangers involved and specific incidents and remarks about lack of training and guidelines with regards to restraint. Comments on the use of secure accommodation at Les Chênes, including details of management procedures and regulations and an overview of challenges faced as a direct consequence of the school leaving age being increased from 15 to 16. Includes comments about his experiences during his secondment to Haut de la Garenne from 1984 to 1985, referring to problems at the Dunluce unit. Refers to the use of the main building at Haut de la Garenne by the BBC to film Bergerac during this period and remarks about the situation at Haut de la Garenne on his arrival, detailing action taken by him mentioning the introduction of a smoking ban for staff and children, referring to an incident which resulted in the departure of a female member of staff. Details his concerns about Haut de la Garenne regarding the relationship between the older children and domestic staff, reflections on his achievements at Haut de la Garenne, comments about the differences between Les Chênes and Haut de la Garenne and remarks about the children he dealt with during his career. Describes changes at Les Chênes during the late 1980s and early 1990s particularly in relation to the regime. Comments on impact of an upsurge in youth and drug related crime in the 1990s and the Court's response to this change, referring to problems faced by Les Chênes in later years with regard to meeting the needs of those on remand and those with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Compares experiences at Grainville School to that of later years at Les Chênes and explains how he would have dealt with challenges faced by Les Chênes if he had been in charge when the Kathie Bull report was published. Describes leaving Les Chênes to become Head Teacher at Grainville School, detailing experiences of dealing a number of children and young people from Heathfield and La Préférence. Describes experiences at Assistant Director of Schools and Colleges, outlining role on the Children's Executive and remarks about the implementation of the recommendations of Kathie Bull. Also provides an overview of his experiences from 2008 to the present day, detailing his responsibilities as Director of Education, Sport and Culture and remarks about the work of the Children's Policy Group and the Youth Service. Refers to the establishment of The Bridge and the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub and states that he had no role or involvement with care homes during my time as Director of Education, Sport and Culture. Comments on allegations made against him and others, remarking on the media reporting of the Haut de la Garenne investigation, detailing concerns about the conduct of the police investigation during Operation Rectangle and commenting on actions of individuals such as Stuart Syvret. Responds to some specific allegations of physical and emotional abuse made against him and other staff relating to his time at Les Chênes. Outlines a number of possible reasons why allegations have been made against staff at Les Chênes, finishing with reflections on his time at Les Chênes. [For Exhibits ML1 to ML20 referred to in this Witness Statement, see C/D/AW2/A7/36/WD006326/1 to C/D/AW2/A7/36/WD006326/20].


Bull, Kathie, Dr
Lambert, David
Lundy, Mario
Papworth, Phil
Pilling, John
Rodhouse, John
Strettle, Terry
Syvret, Stuart
Whitelaw, William
Wilde, Mr
Wilkinson, Elizabeth
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Children's Executive
Children's Policy Group
Children's Services
Children's Sub-Committee
Education Committee
Education Department
Education Sport and Culture
Grainville School
Haut de la Garenne
Health and Social Services
Heathfield Children's Home
Home Affairs
Home Affairs Select Committee
Jersey Youth Service
La Préférence Children's Home
Les Chênes School Advisory Sub-Committee
Les Chênes Residential School
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
Operation Rectangle
Prison Board
Royal Court
States of Jersey Police
The Bridge Child and Family Centre
Young Offenders Institute
Youth Court
Youth Panel


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