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4 August 2015

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry on Tuesday (4 August) heard evidence from Mrs Marnie Boudains about her experiences working in Children's Services and Social Services during 1985-2011.

Inquiry Counsel, Mr Patrick Sadd, took her through her witness statement outlining her career which began with various child care and supervisory roles in the UK before returning to Jersey in 1985 as a bank Residential Child Care Officer and Houseparent assigned mainly to Haut de la Garenne and Clos de Sables Family Group Home.

Mrs Boudains worked as a Child Care Officer between 1986 and 1993 and recalled what it was like working under certain managers, caseloads and her impressions of the various homes she was involved with.

She described the restructuring of fieldwork services in 1988, the level of supervision of Child Care Officers in Jersey, the development of the family Support Service, welfare benefits, fostering and adoption, record keeping and the storage and destruction of those records. She also talked about the impact of the 1989 Children’s Act and other legislation on service provision in Jersey.

Mrs Boudains explained how in early 1989 a long-term resident of Clos de Sables reported abuse by the Housefather, Les Hughes, who was later convicted on five counts of sexual offences against three former residents at the home.

She also recalled events surrounding allegations of abuse against Blanche Pierre Houseparents, Alan and Jane Maguire, first as a Child Care Officer in 1989 and later, in 1997, as Manager of the Children's Service Child Protection Team. She talked about the considerable developments made in identifying victims of abuse over the ten years and her surprise at the decision to drop the prosecution against them.

Mrs Boudains detailed how the 1995 restructuring of administration and government impacted upon Children’s Services and the move towards multi-agency working.

She said criticisms of services and individuals by former Minister, Mr Stuart Syvret, were erroneous and that his actions increased the risk to those children who required protection from abuse on the basis that public confidence was needed.  She said it was not so much the content of what he said, but the manner in which he raised the issues.

Mrs Boudains also gave evidence about the department’s relationship with the States of Jersey Police and her observations about Operation Rectangle.

Mrs Boudains, who retired four-and-a-half years ago as Directorate Manager of Social Services, told the Panel she hoped the IJCI would be a powerful enough vehicle for there to finally be ownership of responsibility for at least implementing some of the many recommendations that will arise.

Transcriptsand supporting documents will be available in due course.

Public Hearings resume tomorrow (Wednesday 5 August) at 1400. See the Timetable for details.

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