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Digital copy of the Witness Statement of John Rodhouse to the Inquiry providing an account of his role as Director of Education from April 1973 to December 1989. [Some details redacted]. For Tony Le Sueur's Second Witness Statement to the Inquiry dated 27 July 2015, see C/D/AW2/B3/39/WS000619.
July 12th 2014 - July 12th 2014
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Provides details about his background, mentioning his employment as a teacher in secondary modern schools before moving into the field of educational administration in Essex and Bedford including as Divisional Educational Officer in Thurrock. Describes applying for the post of Director of Education (Designate) for the States of Jersey in 1972, taking up the appointment in April 1973. Details difficulties comparing society and the education system in Jersey to that of the United Kingdom. Recalls transitional period between April and December 1973 as Director of Education (Designate) whilst his predecessor Charles Wimberley remained in post, detailing his involvement in producing an acceptable plan for the introduction of a comprehensive secondary education system. Includes an explanation of the secondary education system before and after the reorganisation. Describes becoming Director of Education in January 1974. Includes details about the structure of the Education and Children's Service, detailing the responsibility of the Education Department for primary, secondary and higher education, the Children's Service, libraries, sports and recreation and the Youth Service and accountability to the Education Committee. Comments on his interaction with the Children's Service from January 1974, providing details of the structure of Children's Services and remarks about staff including Anton Skinner and Terry Strettle. Includes comments about the care system in Jersey, commenting on the work of the Children's Office and remarks about problems regarding staffing of the Education Committe's services at the professional level. Refers to support provided by the Variety Club of Jersey and refers to visits by Jimmy Savile to Haut de la Garenne. Includes comments about the Jersey Child Protection Committee, adoption and fostering services in Jersey and Family Group Homes. Includes recollections of Haut de la Garenne, recalling structural changes to the Home during his early years as Director of Education. Describes problems at Haut de la Garenne during this period, and includes comments about visitors to Haut de la Garenne, details of his personal contacts with Haut de la Garenne and remarks about his opinion of Haut de la Garenne. States that he cannot recall any incident to cause him any concern about the management of Haut de la Garenne, nor was aware of any inappropriate behaviour or abuse at the Home. States that he was never made aware of any complaints or allegations of child abuse within the childcare system in Jersey, recalling five instances when he was informed of allegations of abuse or potential abuse within the school system, detailing action taken in each case noting his reporting of these incidents to the States of Jersey Police and the Department for Education in London. Recalls one incident involving a volunteer youth worker about which he feels uncomfortable, commenting on role of Philip Bailhache in the matter. Details his retirement from active involvement in the Education Department in July 1989 and engagement in writing a report for the Education Committee outlining the scope of legislation required to underpin education in Jersey until February 1990. Notes his recommendation upon his retirement that steps should be taken to set up an integrated Social Services Department. Describes learning through the media in 2007 of allegations of child abuse made by former residents at Haut de la Garenne, commenting on his involvement in the police investigation. Finishes with concluding thoughts, expressing his concern and surprise regarding the allegations of child abuse at Haut de la Garenne during his service as Director of Education.
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