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Digital copy of the Witness Statement of a former member of Haut de la Garenne staff to States of Jersey Police in the presence of Shane Evans. [Some details redacted].
July 31st 2008 - July 31st 2008
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Provides details of early life and career prior to employment at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to mother's ill health, and the member of staff's childhood in the care of her paternal grandmother. Recalls education at St Helier Girls' School. Began employment at Haut de la Garenne at the age of 15 or 16 years old, following a conversation with a careers teacher at school in which the member of staff referenced the Sound of Music as her inspiration. Recalls needing to get two buses from St Lawrence to get to Haut de la Garenne. Recalls interview with Haut de la Garenne Superintendent Colin Tilbrook and potentially the [Deputy Superintendent]. Notes dislike of the [Deputy Superintendent]. Refers to Colin Tilbrook's [wife, the Matron]. Provides details of role and responsibilities at Haut de la Garenne. Recalls being homesick. Recalls climbing out of Haut de la Garenne with another young member of staff, and meeting the [Deputy Superintendent] on their way back to Haut de la Garenne [later clarified to meeting Colin Tilbrook]. Shares futher recollections of her friend, noting that they were employed for the same tasks at Haut de la Garenne but were not provided with training. Describes the [Deputy Superintendent] as arrogant. Does not recall witnessing Colin Tilbrook or the [Deputy Superintendent] interacting with children in care at Haut de la Garenne. Provides recollections of the adoption process, noting that Jersey children would be adopted by Guernsey residents, and vice versa. Provides details of the layout of Haut de la Garenne, mentioning the detention rooms. Recalls change in law requiring training for staff in children's homes, and that the member of staff and her friend were not allowed to undertake training, and that instead new staff were employed, including Morag Kidd. Recalls attempted sexual abuse by Ray Williams, emotional abuse by Ray Williams and [the Deputy Superintendent], and an interview in Colin Tilbrook's office regarding the member of staff's sexual experience. Provides details of sexually inappropriate encounter with Ray Williams in St Helier. Provides recollections of a male member of staff who was strict with children in care. Recalls Gordon Wateridge. Refers to a female member of staff in a relationship with the [Deputy Superintendent], and recalls admiring the female member of the staff. Recalls that the female member of staff became pregnant and performed an abortion on herself. Comments on overdose suffered by the female member of staff after her return to Haut de la Garenne, and an ambulance called to the displeasure of the [Deputy Superintendent] and Colin Tilbrook. Recalls that the female member of staff was sectioned. States that the [Deputy Superintendent] sent the female member of staff flowers in hospital. Provides details of assumed sexual abuse by a man working on the swimming pool at Haut de la Garenne. Details fears of pregnancy, and suggests that the man spiked the member of staff's drink. Refers to Colin Tilbrook's [children]. Provides details of relationship with another man, and subsequent pregnancy. Refers to break up, and separation. Started another relationship, and discovered her partner was already married. Refers to Haut de la Garenne [Superintendent] Jim Thomson witnessing the member of staff's physical abuse by the wife of the man she was dating. States that as a result of relationship with a married man and prior divorce, the member of staff was dismissed from Haut de la Garenne. Provides details of subsequent employment, and a woman's suicide. Recalls visit to London to stay with a friend of a man met in the Elfin pub, and robbery by the friend of the man whilst in London. Recalls visit to Colin Tilbrook after the robbery, and waking up in bed alongside Colin Tilbrook, and a female individual. Recalls that one of Colin Tilbrook's [children] was also in the house at the time. Provides details of a woman alleged to have sexually abused boys at Haut de la Garenne. Comments on memories of [Gordon] Wateridge. Recalls Jim Thomson visiting a boy in the detention room, whereafter the boy cried all night. Refers to a former Haut de la Garenne resident the member of staff had a relationship with many years after her departure from Haut de la Garenne. Refers to disclosures made by the former resident regarding his childhood and previous relationships. Notes disclosure from the former Haut de la Garenne resident regarding sexual and physical abuse. Persuaded the former Haut de la Garenne resident to report the abuse to Children's Services. Comments on poor treatment of the former Haut de la Garenne resident by Taylor [potentially David Taylor of Children's Services]. Recalls physical abuse of a Haut de la Garenne resident due to him smiling whilst being told off. Did not witness physical or sexual abuse at Haut de la Garenne, but recalls a child who would self harm. Recalls pushing a child during a fire drill that the member of staff thought was real. Denies hearing of disclosures of physical abuse whilst employed at Haut de la Garenne. Refers to a child who repeatedly soiled themselves. Reflects on changing standards of care between the 1960s and 1970s and the present day. Comments on advice provided by the member of staff to the Jersey Childcare Trust. Refers to present qualifications. Does not recall inspections at Haut de la Garenne. Shares recollections of Children's Officers [and Child Care Officers] [Patricia] Thornton, Danny Wherry, Anton Skinner, and Jim Thomson. Recalls the death of a baby girl admitted to Haut de la Garenne from the care of her mother.
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