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30 June 2015

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry on Tuesday (30 June) heard evidence from two former child care workers.

Miss Marilyn Carre worked as a Child Care Assistant and Officer in Jersey between 1977 and 1990 before moving to the probation service. 

Counsel to the Inquiry, Mr Patrick Sadd, took her through her statement in which she described her role working with young people in the community and working occasional night shifts in various residential homes – mainly Heathfield and La Preference, in order to supplement her income. She detailed the referrals process by which children were sent to Children’s Services, how she developed a specialism in dealing with suspected sexual abuse cases and training provision by the States.

 Miss Carre also described what she saw during visits to Les Chenes, Blanche Pierre and Haut de la Garenne before explaining how she stopped working as a Counsellor on Operation Rectangle due to a conflict of interest.

 After lunch, Mr Sadd took Mr Ernest Mallet through his statement, in which he detailed being brought up in Jersey’s care system and subsequently becoming a volunteer at Haut de la Garenne between 1969-1974.

 He then went to England to work as a residential Child Care Officer in Surrey where they used the key worker system, before returning to Jersey in 1981 as Assistant Director at Les Amis. He joined Haut de la Garenne nine months later and then spent 20 years working at La Preference until 2002.  Mr Mallet recalled various members of staff, management, records, care of the children, discipline and relationships with the States. He also responded to two allegations of assault made against him, which were investigated by Children’s Services in 1992 and 2000 respectively.

Transcripts and supporting documents will be available in due course.

Public Hearings resume tomorrow (Wednesday 1 July) at 1000 with another former care worker speaking about their experiences of Jersey’s care system.  

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