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Digital copy of the Witness Statement of an individual to States of Jersey Police regarding their employment at Haut de la Garenne between April 1974 and October 1976. Signature witnessed by DC [Detective Constable] C A Cameron. [Some details redacted].
June 8th 2008 - June 8th 2008
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Discusses employment at Haut de la Garenne from 1974 to 1976, having previously qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1966. Refers to husband's qualifications, and attendance at a child care course run by a [Matron at Haut de la Garenne]. Notes that the [Matron] advised those on the course to read the New Society journal for advertisements for employment at Haut de la Garenne in Jersey. Applied with husband for employment at Haut de la Garenne, and attended an interview prior to successful appointment to the staff at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls meeting the [Superintendent] of Haut de la Garenne, who was married to the [Matron]. Recalls that two other members of staff at Haut de la Garenne left Haut de la Garenne upon the member of staff and her husband's successful application to join the staff. Provides details of the staff at Haut de la Garenne in April 1974, mentioning the [Superintendent], and [Matron]. States that the [Superintendent and Matron] lived on site at Haut de la Garenne, naming their [daughter and son] who were 16 and 13 at the time. States that the [son] mixed with children at Haut de la Garenne. Provides details of the re-organisation of the children at Haut de la Garenne into family groups rather than age groups as a result of the appointment of the [Superintendent and Matron]. Refers to staff at Haut de la Garenne, mentioning Morag [Kidd], and a male member of staff who was appointed by [the Superintendent and Matron]. Refers to Morag [Kidd]'s boyfriend, Tony [Watton] of Studio 18. Refers to husband asking Jimmy Saville to take part in sponsored walks. Refers to a member of staff who had worked at Haut de la Garenne during a break in by Ted [Edward] Paisnel. Discusses punishments at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to education of the children at Haut de la Garenne at schools around the island. States that children excluded from school were supervised at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls that Police Cadets would be placed at Haut de la Garenne, naming a male Police Cadet who later joined Children's Services. Refers to the [Matron's] behaviour towards children, in line with guidance from the Tavistock Clinic. Refers to the [Superintendent] as laid back. Names children who would abscond. Refers to a child who set fire to Jersey Airport and the Pomme D'Or Hotel. Refers to supervision of children by the [Superintendent]. Recalls the [Superintendent] showing the member of staff a room that appeared to be a communal bathroom. Shares recollections of an individual who was jailed following racial abuse. Recalls that an individual visited the prisoner, and that the prisoner attempted to blackmail the individual. Refers to sexual abuse of children at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to a man who visited Haut de la Garenne and sexually abused the member of staff. Recalls the [Superintendent] supervising boys who had been excluded from school, sometimes on his own. States that children would be allowed in the [Superintendent's] flat. Recalls the [Superintendent] dismissing concerns regarding this behaviour. Notes that the [Superintendent] could supervise a child swimming. Recalls female residents sharing concerns with the member of staff regarding pregnancy. States that staff were met with difficutlies when children on remand were brought to Haut de la Garenne. Left Haut de la Garenne in October 1976. Notes distress as a result of media reporting on Haut de la Garenne. Refutes that Haut de la Garenne shared connections with a children's home in Portsmouth.
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