Digital copy of a Report submitted by Detective Sergeant M M Shearer concerning an investigation into concerns that a former member of staff at Haut de la Garenne and Heathfield may have sexually abused children in his care. [Some details redacted].

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October 9th 2000 - October 12th 2000

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Provides details about the man's employment history, referring to his arrival in Jersey 1985, employment at Haut de la Garenne and Heathfield, and departure in 1987. States that in 1999 the man became subject to investigation by police in connection with numerous serious historical sexual offences against children alleged to have happened in the mid-1970s. Notes that as the alleged offences occurred prior to his arrival in Jersey, concerns were raised that the man may have abused children whilst in Jersey and that subsequent enquiries were conducted by Detective Sergeant Shearer, Child Care Officer [Sarah] Brace and Police Sergeant Andrew Geddes to establish any potential victims. Notes that enquiries made with all staff at the homes associated with the man during his period of employment revealed no concerns about the man's involvement with children. Outlines concerns raised about another employee during this process and comments about likelihood of prosecution for this incident. Refers to the identification of 18 former residents [of Haut de la Garenne and Heathfield] and results of attempts to trace and interview these individuals. Outlines allegations made against other members of staff during this process, including physical assault and concerns regarding possible sexual abuse by one member of staff. Concludes that enquiries conducted by Detective Sergeant Shearer and Child Care Officer Brace had failed to identify any local victims, noting that four ex-residents had yet to be seen. Comments on practicality of pursuing individuals not yet interviewed, noting decision to close the investigation. Includes a note in manuscript noting that the former member of staff was found not guilty on all counts in respect of the investigation against him.


Brace, Sarah
Geddes, Andrew, Police Sergeant
Hodges, Steven
Le Marchand, P, Detective Constable
Loughlin, Keeley Patricia, Detective Constable
Shearer, Michael, Detective Sergeant
Children's Services
Haut de la Garenne
Heathfield Children's Home
National Children's Home
States of Jersey Police


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