Friday, 29 February 2008

More staff needed for Jersey search (ITV News)

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Police searching a former children's home in Jersey have asked for more investigative staff to help with the operation.It follows last weekend's discovery of a child's skull at Haut de la Garenne and police are now excavating seven sites which were identified by a sniffer dog specially trained to find human remains.More than 160 former residents of the home, which closed in 1986, have come forward with abuse claims dating back to the 1960s. Victims claim rooms at the site were used for abuse and have described being raped, drugged and flogged.Jersey Deputy Police Chief Lenny Harper said members of the public are continuing to make allegations of serious sexual crimes, and a request has been made for a further 12 staff to assist with the investigation.More than 70 phone calls have been received in the past few days relating to alleged abuse at the home involving over 40 suspects.The excavation site is in a stairwell approximately 20ft long by 8ft wide. Teams of between two and four forensic experts have worked on the area every day since the operation began.
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Two more people have come forward claiming to be victims of abuse at the former Haut de la Garenne children's home in Jersey, police say. At a news conference outside the building, Deputy Police Chief Lenny Harper said they had made "allegations of serious sexual crimes". He also said a makeshift trap door had been found leading to the building's cellars, which police are searching. A child's skull was found at the site on Saturday."We've had two people in the last few hours who have come forward and reported extremely serious allegations of crime to us that are alleged to have happened in here", Lenny Harper told journalists. "[The] team have also uncovered what we've been referring to, or what some of the witnesses have referred to, as a trap door when they've been talking about offences that were committed in that cellar area", he said. "It is in effect a space in the floor boards but the existence of it and the location of it again corroborates what some of the victims have been telling us."
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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Home of horrors searched (ITV News)

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Police have broken into a bricked-up room in a Jersey children's home where human remains were found.
Detectives are looking for more evidence of crimes against children after discovering a youngster's skull at the Haut de la Garenne home at the weekend.
More than 160 people have called police alleging they were victims of child abuse at the centre, it has emerged.
Jersey deputy police chief Lenny Harper said some children who lived at the home have not been accounted for.
Police are concentrating their search on a bricked-up room mentioned by victims as a site where abuse took place.
The room, which is about 12 feet square, produced an "extremely strong reaction" from the sniffer dog that found the skull, said Mr Harper.
Police are searching the room for a set of shackles victims say were used to restrain children.
Mr Harper said: "The initial look at what's in there certainly corroborates some of the victims.
"I don't wish to elaborate on what's in there at the moment."
"There is another room of the same size that appears to have been bricked up.
"Some of the bricking-up appears suspicious but there could be an innocent explanation for it."
Forensic teams are investigating seven sites at the Haut de la Garenne, which is now a youth hostel.
Jersey Police have spoken to 200 victims and witnesses and said the abuse claims stretch back four decades.
Former residents have claimed that when the building was used as a care home they were raped, drugged and flogged.
Peter Hannaford, 59, a resident at Haut de la Garenne until the age of 12, claimed older children were encouraged by staff to attack and sexually assault him nearly every night.
Now a woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, has told a newspaper that in the 1970s staff would have drunken parties and select weak children to abuse.
She said she was locked in a tiny three metre by four metre "punishment room" and was subjected to "the most cruel, sadistic and evil acts".
"It was the most serious forms of sexual abuse," she said.
"The staff knew how to pick out the weak ones - I think they went through their records - and rape was rife in all ages, both boys and girls."
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Haut de la Garenne - Your experiences (BBC News)

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Police in Jersey are continuing their search at the children's home Haut de la Garenne, where a child's remains were found.
Here, two BBC News website readers reflect on their experiences of the home.
Both wish to remain anonymous. The first had a couple of brief stays in Haut de la Garenne when he lived in Jersey in the seventies. He now lives abroad. The second website reader used to visit the children's home regularly, and witnessed the cruelty and abuse of the children who were sent there. Here are their stories:


There were two dreadful places for me - school and home. I spent two brief periods at Haut de la Garenne, and thought it was going to be a relief for me. But it wasn't.
It felt unsafe. At Haut de la Garenne, physical abuse was a regular occurrence. It was common currency to be hit about the head.
School was the same - corporal punishment was the routine for those who, like myself, were not 'compliant' or willingly following rigid rules.
For myself, there was no-one or nowhere to go to, and it seemed that the entire adult population were doing all that they could to beat me down, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Jersey is an island - there is nowhere to run to, and I ran away several times, but the reality was there was nowhere to go. There was no escape.
ALL the institutions failed me. The school, which should have been a sanctuary from home, was a place I dreaded to go.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Jersey 'victim' speaks out (ITV Latest News)

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A former resident of a Jersey care home where a child's skull was found has claimed youngsters were repeatedly raped there.
Peter Hannaford spent the first 12 years of his life at Haut de la Garenne, now at the centre of a major child abuse investigation after human remains were found in a bricked-up cellar.
Police are continuing to search the building but the work may take weeks to complete while a structural survey is carried out.
Detectives leading the inquiry into alleged abuse at the home have spoken to 140 victims and witnesses about allegations dating back 40 years.
Speaking to ITV news, Mr Hannaford, 59, said children were repeatedly assaulted by male and female members of staff.
Abuse was also carried out by older children at the home and complaints were ignored to protect the image of Jersey, he added.
The island's deputy chief police officer Lenny Harper said an investigation started after a number of former members of staff were arrested on suspicion of paedophile crimes.
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In the shadow of a tragedy

Lord Laming's report into the murder of Victoria Climbié, published five years ago, was meant to herald a new era in child protection. But, says Liz Davies, his reform plan has led to many tried and tested systems being ditchedIt is five years since Lord Laming wrote his 108 recommendations in the Victoria Climbié inquiry report. It is also eight years since Victoria was murdered and Lisa Arthurworrey, Haringey council social worker for Victoria, still awaits her appeal hearing against the decision not to register her as a social worker. Victoria's killers, her great aunt, Marie Therese Kouao, and the woman's boyfriend, Carl Manning, were convicted; practitioners and managers, from various agencies and authorities, were criticised and one social worker remains the scapegoat. Since the inquiry, more children have died as a result of criminal acts of child abuse and I have no doubt that key errors evident in the Climbié case are being repeated. However, rather than blame individual incompetence, I would challenge the steer of government policy which, prior to the death of Victoria, had already moved professionals towards a family support practice model which encouraged the assessment of children's needs rather than intervention to protect. This trend was vastly accelerated on the basis of Laming's recommendations and as a result further tragedies were not only predictable but inevitable. Following Laming's report, the government used the findings to justify a policy shift away from the proactive protection of a few children at high risk of harm to intense state surveillance of every child and family though technology and broad based strategies to address child concerns. The language of protectionWith the subsequent launch of the Every Child Matters agenda, the phrase "children at risk" gained new meaning. Children were now defined as at risk of becoming future criminals, rather than victims of abuse, and professional attention was diverted away from the investigation of child abusers and their criminal activities. A set of five outcomes included the ill-defined "staying safe" and the language of protection became almost obsolete.In BBC Radio's File on Four last week Laming was questioned about numbers of recent child death tragedies where professionals had placed the needs of adults over and above those of the children, had not responded to allegations of serious child abuse and had failed to implement child protection protocols. Histories of violence or mental ill health in families had not been collated and key information which should have raised alarm had gone unnoticed. Laming told the programme that he despaired because child protection agencies were still ignoring the children's interests and blamed agencies that had not implemented his numerous recommendations. But surely Laming hasn't forgotten that it is some of his recommendations that led to very sound, tried and tested, child protection systems being abolished? Instead of overwhelming the new local safeguarding children boards with demands to reconfigure services and develop new systems, the most important recommendation would have been to retain the effective existing child protection procedures and enable a focus on the lack of implementation. In the shadow of one tragedy, the vast majority of cases where children had gained protection went completely unnoticed. I had hoped that Laming would admit, on this programme, that he had made a very serious error in recommending, on the basis of no research findings at all, the abolition of the child protection register - the most important protocol for protecting children. Lacking clarityBy April this year, there will be no such register and the names of children defined as at high risk of harm will no longer be flagged up for the attention of the emergency services. Children at risk of abuse will, instead, be labelled as the subject of a child protection plan and the threshold for intervention will lack the previous clarity. Scarce resources will be focused on a wider range of children rather than a relatively small number of those known to be highly vulnerable to abuse. The register would have been the one protocol that might have saved Victoria, had she ever been defined as a child in need of protection. Similarly, in the recent cases, children had not been recognised as requiring a protective response and there was no multi-agency planning in place. The importance of the register should have been a central message of the Climbié inquiry but instead, given the shift away from proactive protection measures, we will inevitably witness far more tragedies before Laming's recommendation and the subsequent policy will be reviewed.It was one of Laming recommendation's that led to a complete change in the police role in protecting children. Whereas police and social workers used to work together to investigate allegations of child abuse, now the police will only become involved if there is evidence of a crime. This is a far higher threshold for police intervention than was previously the case, leaving social workers commonly on their own responding to child abuse referrals.
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I want full story on my children's murder, says father

It is a year since Jimi Ogunkoya's two children were murdered by their mother, and five years since a report into the death of Victoria Climbié which was supposed to put an end to similar tragedies.Yet Ogunkoya claims that child welfare authorities failed his children while they were alive, and are continuing to do so by covering up the circumstances of their deaths.Antoine, aged 10, and Kenniece, three, were killed by their mother, Ogunkoya's former partner Viviane Gamor, 30, who was diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia. Despite her mental health problems and history of violence, Hackney social services sanctioned her unsupervised visits to the children, against Ogunkoya's wishes.The Hackney Safeguarding Children Board is due to publish an executive summary of a report into the deaths shortly, but Ogunkoya, 33, and his parents, Clement Akin and Florence Omoyela Ogunkoya, all of whom were the children's main carers, have been told they may be denied access to the full report. Their solicitors are considering seeking a judicial review if the report is not released to the family."There are so many cases where children have been failed by agencies not doing their jobs properly," Ogunkoya said. "My children's death is not the first in these circumstances and sadly it won't be the last."Hackney council said a decision had not yet been made about whether the full report would be released to the family.Ogunkoya's concerns are echoed by Lord Laming, who led the inquiry into the death of eight-year-old Climbié in 2000, and made 108 recommendations to improve child protection in a report in January 2003.The government introduced a policy document, Every Child Matters, and implemented the Children Act 2004. One of the recommendations was that agencies should do more to share information about children at risk. Laming expressed his frustration with the response. "I despair about the organisations that have not put in place recommendations that I judged to be little more than good, basic practice," he said last week.Mor Dioum, director of the Victoria Climbié Foundation, which campaigns for improvements in child protection, said: "I'm aware of at least five cases since the death of Victoria Climbié where the circumstances mirror Victoria's in that the children were not hidden away and social services were involved. Two of them were in London boroughs involved in the Climbié case. We need urgent reviews of Lord Laming's reforms because we are losing the vision of Every Child Matters. In recent cases where children have died or been seriously injured, the focus tended to be on the adults."Dioum is calling for an independent public inquiry into the deaths.
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American took York job when suspended from Wakefield Council

The General Social Care Council has removed a social worker from its register after hearing she had accepted employment at a council, despite being suspended.American Catherine Easter breached the terms of a work permit and the GSCC's code of conduct by accepting employment at York Council while suspended from her post at Wakefield Council.
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Children for sale; UK's new slave trade

Hundreds of young children are being sold and "trafficked" to Britain from Africa to be exploited as modern-day slaves, it can be revealed.The illicit trade in children - sold by their parents, some while still babies, to criminal gangs and people traffickers - has been uncovered by a Sunday Telegraph investigation.An undercover reporter was offered several children for sale by their parents in Nigeria: two boys aged three and five for £5,000, or £2,500 for one, and a 10-month-old baby for £2,000. Teenage girls - including some still pregnant - were willing to sell their babies for less than £1,000.One international trafficker, tracked down in Lagos, claimed to be buying up to 500 children a year.Impoverished African parents are being lured by the traffickers' promises of "a better life" for their children, thousands of miles away in cities including London, Birmingham and Manchester.But, once brought to Britain, the children are used as a fraudulent means to obtain illicit housing and other welfare benefits, totalling tens of thousands of pounds each a year.From the age of seven, rather than being sent to school, they are exploited as domestic slaves, forced to work for up to 18 hours a day, cleaning, cooking and looking after other younger children, or put to work in restaurants and shops.
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The alternative to needless adoptions

The notion that the allegations by John Hemming MP and others concerning needless adoptions of poor people's children amount to a conspiracy theory (Unfit to be a mother?, G2, January 15) is nonsense. Hemming is alleging only that if you give people a profound incentive to do something, they will do it. To see the pernicious effects of such incentives one need only look at where it all began: the United States.For a decade the US federal government has been paying states a bounty for every adoption over a baseline number. Not only has this led to scandals over "quick-trigger" adoptions of poor people's children, it's also created a generation of legal orphans as terminations of parental rights far outrun actual adoptions."What's the alternative?" to Britain's embrace of America's take-the-child-and-run approach to child welfare, asks Anthony Douglas of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. The alternative is to stop taking so many children in the first place just because their parents are poor. The alternative is rent subsidies so children aren't taken because their parents lack decent housing. The alternative is childcare so parents don't have to choose between losing their jobs and losing their children on "lack of supervision" charges. The alternative is drug treatment. The alternative is intensive family preservation services.
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Trafficked children in care after police raid on 'Fagin gangs'

Twenty-five people were arrested in dawn raids yesterday as police tried to shut down a gang which trafficked children from Romania and forced them to steal and rob on the streets of London.Police say that since Romania joined the EU in 2007 there has been a sharp rise in children being brought to London by modern-day "Fagin's gangs". Up to 200 Romanian children have been forced into crime in London and can generate up to £20m a year for gangs controlling them.The 10 children taken into care yesterday included one less than a year old. They were all found in overcrowded conditions, with 25 people crammed into a four-bed house. But after medical tests yesterday they were found to be in good health.Police say intelligence led them to raid 17 addresses in Slough in Berkshire, from where credit cards, cash and documents linked to fraud were recovered.Police believed they caught at least two gangs carrying out non-violent stealing such as pickpocketing, cashpoint thefts and mobile phone thefts. The children were used in the City and central London to distract potential crime victims.Commander Steve Allen, who runs policing in the borough of Westminster, said: "We were dealing with a highly organised criminal network, originating in Romania, transferring children into Britain to commit crimes."Allen said that between April and December 2006, 12 Romanian nationals were arrested for theft. A year later that number was 214. The police estimate that the Romanian children can each generate up to £100,000 a year for gang leaders. Allen said: "The family will give a child to a criminal gang on the understanding or promise the child will work and become a source of income for the family. The family will be given a loan by the gang at a high interest rate and left with a large debt."
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Jersey Police focus on cellar (ITV News)
Police are continuing their excavation of a bricked-up cellar at a Jersey property where they found a child's skull.
Officers were alerted to the former children's home Haut de la Garenne after a child abuse investigation launched last November uncovered allegations dating back to the 1960s.
Intelligence from the investigation led police to search the property, and on Saturday the remains of a child were discovered within the former Victorian school and orphanage in St Martin.
A further six sites are to be looked at, including a number of hotspots at the cellar which were identified by a sniffer dog.
All care agencies in Jersey are now being investigated for failing to act over allegations of child abuse.
The island's deputy chief police officer Lenny Harper said: "We are looking at allegations that a number of agencies didn't deal with things as perhaps they should."
The state's ex-health minister Senator Stuart Seyvret has accused the government of a cover-up.
Jersey's Chief Minister Senator Frank Walker promised an investigation but said: "There is no evidence of a high-level cover-up, as alleged by our former health minister."
It has also emerged that paedophile Edward Paisnel - dubbed the Beast of Jersey - used to visit Haut de la Garenne dressed as Father Christmas to deliver toys and sweets to the children.

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Care Home Of Horrors – Latest (BBC Evening News)

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Jersey's chief minister has pledged "there is no hiding place" for child abusers on the island.
Frank Walker has denied a cover-up and told island senators that anyone who abused children or colluded with abuse would be pursued.
Ex-minister, Senator Stuart Syvret, has claimed previous abuses were mishandled and urged the UK government to use independent judges for any court case.
A search of the grounds of a former children's home has been suspended.
In a statement made to the States of Jersey - the equivalent of the UK's parliament - Mr Walker spoke of a "dark cloud" hanging over the island, following news that police were investigating 27 cases of child-abuse.

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Jersey police search cellar in house where body found

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Police investigating allegations of child abuse said on Monday their search of a former children's home in the Channel Islands where a body was found at the weekend was now focused on a bricked-up cellar.
A child's body parts, thought to date from the early 1980s, were unearthed at the Haut de la Garenne house in Jersey on Saturday after a sniffer dog detected them through several inches of concrete.
Sniffer dogs have identified a number of other areas of interest in and outside the house, now used as a youth hostel, said Jersey Deputy Chief Police Officer Lenny Harper, but officers were concentrating on a cellar below the building.
He said police did not know whether more bodies would be found.
"All our efforts are being concentrated on the entrance to a cellar which ... was at one stage bricked up and we are having some difficulty gaining access to that," Harper told reporters at the scene.
He said the investigation was a "very slow and methodical process ... and it's likely to continue that way for some time."
Police had as yet no idea of the identity of the discovered child, he added. Tests to determine the child's sex will be conducted in Britain.
The search of Haut de la Garenne in St Martin began last Tuesday after police received information from three different sources about the possibility of there being remains.
Last November, police launched an investigation into alleged child abuse on the island, including Haut de la Garenne.
Last month, Gordon Wateridge, 76, was charged with three offences of indecent assault on girls under 16 between 1969 and 1979 at Haut de la Garenne.
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Family courts and child care

Does Camilla Cavendish overemphasise the secrecy of family courts?

Sir, Camilla Cavendish asserted that there was a “secret State” in place (Comment, Feb 21), determined to separate children from their loving parents. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Legislation requires local authorities to ensure that children live with their parents wherever possible, and that services should be provided to “children in need” and their families to enable this to happen.
Sometimes this isn’t possible, and difficult decisions have to be taken to remove a child from his or her family. It is crucial that a child’s welfare is put first, and that protection is provided effectively and speedily.
Social workers cannot remove children from their parents’ care (without the parents’ consent) without first obtaining the authority of a court order. This is a fundamental safeguard in the system.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Body find prompts cellar search (ITV News @ 10) Story Update

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Police searching for human remains at a Jersey youth hostel are now focusing on a bricked-up cellar.
Officers were alerted to the former children's home Haut de la Garenne after a child abuse investigation was launched last November with allegations dating back to the 1960s.
Intelligence from the investigation led police to search the property, and on Saturday the remains of a child were discovered within the former Victorian school and orphanage in St Martin.
A further six sites are to be looked at, including a number of hotspots at the cellar which were identified by a sniffer dog.
Jersey's deputy chief police officer, Lenny Harper, could not say how long the cellar had been sealed.
It is understood that former residents at the home were forced into solitary confinement - but when asked if the cellar was used for this Mr Harper declined to comment.
"We are concentrating on a cellar that was at one stage bricked up," he said. "It is a very slow methodical process.
"We have had some positive indications from the dog but there could be a number of explanations.
"At this stage we just don't know if there are more bodies."
The remains found on Saturday were sent to the UK for dating, and officers believe they have been there for more than five years.
The allegations span a period from the 1960s up to the early years of this decade, although police said the bulk of them focused on the 1970s and 1980s.
The Haut de la Garenne closed as a children's home in 1986.
A police spokeswoman said more than 140 potential victims had contacted a helpline since the investigations began.
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Body find prompts cellar search

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Police searching for human remains at a Jersey youth hostel are now focusing on a bricked-up cellar.
Officers were alerted to the former children's home Haut de la Garenne after a child abuse investigation was launched last November with allegations dating back to the 1960s.
Intelligence from the investigation led police to search the property, and on Saturday the remains of a child were discovered within the former Victorian school and orphanage in St Martin.
A further six sites are to be looked at, including a number of hotspots at the cellar which were identified by a sniffer dog.
Jersey's deputy chief police officer, Lenny Harper, could not say how long the cellar had been sealed.
It is understood that former residents at the home were forced into solitary confinement - but when asked if the cellar was used for this Mr Harper declined to comment.
"We are concentrating on a cellar that was at one stage bricked up," he said. "It is a very slow methodical process.
"We have had some positive indications from the dog but there could be a number of explanations.
"At this stage we just don't know if there are more bodies."
The remains found on Saturday were sent to the UK for dating, and officers believe they have been there for more than five years.
The allegations span a period from the 1960s up to the early years of this decade, although police said the bulk of them focused on the 1970s and 1980s.
The Haut de la Garenne closed as a children's home in 1986.
A police spokeswoman said more than 140 potential victims had contacted a helpline since the investigations began.
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Six more sites in care home probe

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Police searching a former Jersey children's home where a child's remains were discovered have said they are investigating six more sites.
The remains found at Haut de la Garenne on Saturday were detected by a sniffer dog through several inches of concrete.
The search is part of an ongoing police investigation into alleged abuse on the island dating back more than 40 years.
Jersey's chief minister rejected claims there had been a cover-up and said the find "shocked the island to the core".
Senator Frank Walker told the BBC: "One of the big questions has to be: how could a child disappear without anyone being aware of it?"
Former Jersey Health Minister Senator Stuart Syvret, who was sacked from his post last year, has urged anyone who was at Haut de la Garenne to come forward.
His concerns last year about alleged child abuse in Jersey institutions led to an independent review of child care services by Jersey's parliament, the States of Jersey.
Speaking to the BBC's Today programme, Mr Syvret alleged that there had been a "culture of cover-up and concealment" on the island in relation to child abuse.
"These types of cover-ups go up to the very top of Jersey society," he said.
But the Chief Minister said it was "deplorable" that Mr Syvret was seeking to "politicise" the situation.
Trenches searched
Jersey police said sniffer dogs and forensic teams had identified other areas that warrant further investigation.
Jersey's Deputy Chief Police Officer, Lenny Harper, who is in charge of the investigation, said detectives thought it was possible they may find more remains at the building in St Martin, on the east coast of the Channel island.
"There's a fair number of areas where the dog has indicated degrees of interest and we'll have to get to those over the next short period," he explained.
"We're having to treat it as a potential homicide until we can prove otherwise."
Mr Harper said the archaeologists and forensic scientists were concentrating on a number of "trenches" at the site where the remains, which include a skull, were found.
Officers were focusing their efforts on gaining access to a bricked-up cellar, he added, but it was "a very slow and methodical process" and the current search could take another two weeks.
He also said items of clothing had been found which "tends to corroborate" other bodies being found.
The information that sparked the excavation had been provided by three sources, he confirmed.
"We have identities of some missing persons but the records are not as complete from those days as they could be," said Mr Harper.
He added that there was no evidence of a cover-up by any Jersey government, but officers were investigating "allegations that a number of agencies didn't deal with things as perhaps they should".
Worldwide leads
Jersey Police began investigating allegations of abuse in 2006.
More than 140 potential victims or witnesses have contacted a helpline set up last year, a police spokeswoman said.
Police have identified dozens of possible suspects in connection with the wider inquiry, with detectives following up leads in Europe and as far away as Australia.
The investigation involves several government institutions and organisations in Jersey, with the Haut de la Garenne home and Jersey Sea Cadets the main focus of the inquiry.
It is centred on the abuse of boys and girls aged between 11 and 15, since the 1960s.
The excavation of the home, involving sniffer dogs and ground radar, started on Tuesday.
Police are using two springer spaniels - seven-year-old Eddie, who specialises in detecting human remains and was involved in the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann in Portugal; and Keela, three, who is trained to sniff out traces of blood.
The remains have been sent to the UK for dating, as well as for tests to determine the child's age and gender.
The remains are thought to date from the early 1980s.
Mr Harper said that identification of the child would be a "long and arduous" process but officers were back at police headquarters making inquiries into missing children.
"There are records, just how good those records are for periods before contemporaneous times, I'm not quite sure," he said.
Haut de la Garenne started life in 1867 as the Industrial School, for "young people of the lower classes of society and neglected children".
It is now Jersey's Youth Hostel and featured as a police station in the TV series Bergerac, which is set on the island.
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Jersey care home inquiry

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It serves as Jersey's first Youth Hostel but today Haut de La Garenne is the focus of a police investigation after the discovery of human remains and allegations of child abuse. Here is a timeline of events around the investigation.
23 Feb 2008
Police sniffer dog discovers human remains within building and shows 'indications' at six other sites on the property. The remains are sent to the UK for dating.
19 Feb2008
Police excavation using sniffer dog and ground radar begins.
30 Jan 2008
Man charged with indecently assaulting three girls under 16 in connection with investigation.
22 Nov 2007
Police appeal for information from the public over child abuse probe investigation. They focus on the abuse of boys and girls aged between 11 and 15 since the 1960s, including links between the house and the Jersey Sea Cadets. Police helplines receive over 100 calls and emails from the public.
11 Sep 2007
Former health minister, Senator Stuart Syvret, dismissed from his role over the manner in which he voiced concerns about children's services.
The care home re-opens as Jersey's first youth hostel after a £2.25m refurbishment of the two-storey Victorian building.
Home closed.
Home renamed the Jersey Home for Boys and serves as a school and an orphanage as part of Jersey's childcare provision, housing up to 60 young people with special needs.
Haut de la Garenne is built and was originally known as the Industrial School, for "young people of the lower classes of society and neglected children."
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Sunday, 24 February 2008

Child remains found at former home

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Police excavating a Jersey youth hostel where a child's remains have been found are focusing their search on one specific area of the building.
A spokesman for States of Jersey police has said a sniffer dog gave police signs that a certain area of the Haut de la Garenne site requires further investigation.
Police cannot rule out the possibility of finding more bodies at the former children's home, which has been investigated for alleged child abuse dating back decades.
The body parts of a child were found inside the house in St Martin on the east coast of the Channel Island by a team of specialist officers.
They had been alerted by a sniffer dog who detected the remains through several inches of concrete.
The police spokeswoman said: "The dog has indicated that there is another area, and we are concentrating some of our searches there.
"Apparently the remains that the dog detected yesterday were detected through several inches of concrete."
The remains have now been sent to the UK for dating.
The spokesman continued: "That process is going to take some time, all we can say at this stage it that we believe they have been there for more than five years."
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Saturday, 23 February 2008

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Friday, 22 February 2008

False accusation that changed mother’s young family for ever

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Louise Mason is finally a mother again, leading a family life for the first time in more than five years. She presents a calm — if brittle — front as she talks of her ordeal since she was falsely accused of harming her baby and having her children disappear into the care system one by one. The long battle to clear her name and have her children returned to her has left this 38-year-old single mother utterly drained and emotionless. She pauses before answering questions, chooses her responses with caution, and, even as she insists that she is happy, can barely raise a smile. Shadowing her happiness is the knowledge that, despite being cleared of all claims, she may never have her middle child — taken from her at four weeks — returned. He has bonded so well with his foster family that she may lose him permanently into enforced adoption. Ms Mason’s agony began when her four-week-old baby was taken ill one Saturday afternoon. “She made a strange cry and was very pale, very cold,” she told The Times in the office of her solicitor, Carmel McGilloway. Her GP instantly alerted Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry. “It was touch and go that night, the baby was bleeding internally and had to be given a transfusion. A lady in the hospital gave me a picture of St Teresa and said, ‘She never fails you’.” Ms Mason, a devout Roman Catholic, began praying. Her baby was transferred to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, 60 miles (97 km) away, with a preliminary diagnosis of neuroblastoma, an abdominal tumour most commonly found in infants.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Jessica Randall; Let Down By Plymouth council Social Services, Child Protection

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Jessica Randall aged 2 MonthsSocial services blunders allowed sadistic father to murder his 54-day-old baby girlA baby girl murdered by her sadistic father could have survived if health and social workers had taken action over signs of ill-treatment, a damning report said yesterday.Jessica Randall was just 54 days old when she died.Her brief life was dominated by systematic and horrific abuse at the hands of her 33-year-old father Andrew, who was jailed for her murder last year.Yesterday's report found that both social workers and hospital staff failed to classify her as a child "at risk", even though concerns over her safety were raised a number of times.
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Friday, 15 February 2008

Remembering 'SALLY CLARK' Passed Away 16/03/2007

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Sally Clark - victim of a miscarriage of justice'

It is with the very greatest sadness that Sally Clark's family announces that Sally was found dead at her home this morning, having passed away during the night. The matter is in the hands of the coroner and it is too early to provide any further information. Sally's family very much hopes that the media will refrain from making any enquiries or attempts to contact them at this painful time. Sally, aged 42, was released in 2003 having been wrongfully imprisoned for more than 3 years, falsely accused of the murder of her two sons. Sadly, she never fully recovered from the effects of this appalling miscarriage of justice. Sally, a qualified solicitor, was a loving and talented wife, mother, daughter and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.Visit Sally's Remembrance Page:

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Sunday, 3 February 2008

Crystal Walton at Play with Mummy and Daddy Video - 'Stop Injustie Now' Will Never Give Up Fighting

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This is the last video of Crystal Walton before She Was Stolen / Kidnapped by Enfield Social Services. This was filmed at a contact centre, this film was made before the UK courts put A 15 year Injunction on us, to stop us talking about our own Daughter. As this film was already in the public domain before the injunction, I’m not breaking the law by making it public again. Social Services Lie, Steal and Cheat, so they can kidnap children to meet Adoption Targets. We will keep our Daughter in the public eye for as long as I can, when I can’t do it, someone else will. There is not a court in the whole of the world that will stop me talking about any of my children.
Having A Child Stolen or Kidnapped Is Worse than Losing a Family Member to Death, It’s A Living Nightmare. You Have Been Warned Enfield Social Services, This also goes for all the other Social Services around the country, I Will Be Exposing All of You in Time!


Saturday, 2 February 2008

Kidnapping Of Children To Meet Adoption Targets In The UK

My Thoughts on the Family Court System in the United Kingdom:
The System Is Run Like An Underground Child Trafficking Crime Organisation.
I Think That A Woman Who Is Under 40 And Pregnant Should Flee The Country Before She Gives Birth, Otherwise She May Lose Her Child To Adoption Targets.
If A Judge Or Social Worker Had A Family Member Kidnapped, They Would Know How It Feels To Lose A Member Of Their Family And Maybe Would Feel Different About Granting The Kidnap Of Children. If This Was To Happen In the United Kingdom, I Would Have To Say I Would Not Feel Sorry But I Would Applaud the Action. The Only Way It Seems To Beat The Family Court System In The United Kingdom, Is For A Professional Persons Family Member To Be Kidnapped. Then Just Maybe the Media Would Expose the Corruption in the Social Services, Courts and Even the Government

Friday, 1 February 2008

Baby 'snatched' from mother minutes after birth is ordered BACK into foster care

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Baby "G's" distraught mother wept as a court ordered he should be taken away from her again and put into foster care.
The 18-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, broke down in tears and had to be supported by two relatives as she received the devastating news.
During a three-day emotional roller-coaster for the mother, her baby has been snatched from her in hospital by social services two hours after birth, then dramatically returned to her later that day after a High Court judge ruled the officials had acted illegally as they did not have a court order.
After a further hearing before the Family Proceedings Court lasting five hours over two days, district judge Richard Inglis yesterday upheld an application by Nottingham City Council for an interim care order.
The mother attended the closed hearing yesterday, but did not give evidence.
Afterwards, a friend said: "It has been a thoroughly traumatic few days for her and she is completely devastated and drained."
The case highlights the lack of transparency in the family courts, with the reasons behind the decision not being revealed to the public.
Last night, Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who campaigns for greater openness in the system, said: "If they are going to take such draconian action as to separate a new born baby from its mother, they should be willing to justify it in the open.
"What worries me most about these types of cases is they do not explain what they are doing or why.
"Separating a child from its mother can be damaging to both of them, creating problems such as with feeding the baby and breaking the bond between them.
"There are other options they could consider like a mother and child foster placement or an assessment centre so that they do not have to be separated.
"But they almost seem to revel in separating newborn children from their mothers in this country."
Baby G was born in hospital in Nottingham at 2am on Wednesday and social services snatched him around 4am. His mother, who has mental health problems, has just left local authority care.
The baby was taken after staff at the hospital were shown a "birth plan" that was prepared by social workers.
The plan said the mother, who had a troubled childhood, was to be separated from the child, and no contact would be allowed without supervision by social workers.
Later that day, Mr Justice Munby made an order in the High Court in London that the baby should be returned to his mother, which he duly was.
In his ruling, Mr Justice Munby said that "on the face of it" social services officials had acted unlawfully because they had not obtained a court order.
He said removal of a child could only be lawful if a police constable was taking action to protect a child, or there was a court order in place.
Giving his decision at the Family Proceedings Court in Nottingham yesterday, Judge Inglis said: "The court has decided that the welfare of G requires that he lives in local authority foster care on an interim basis while further enquiries are made and an assessment carried out.
"His mother will have frequent periods of contact with him each week.
"When the further enquiries have been made, the court expects to be in a better position later this year to make a decision about who should care for G and what part his mother and other members of his family should play in his future care."
Afterwards, Nottingham City Council said in a statement that the interim care order "enables the council to provide appropriate protection for the baby whilst continuing to support the mother who is also our concern in this case".
"The council does not intend to say anything about the background of the case which is not already public.
"Suffice to say that the council and a range of other partner agencies had enough concern for the baby's welfare during the pregnancy to believe that action would be needed to protect the baby when it was born," it added.
The decision to seek an interim care order or an emergency protection order for G was made at a case conference in December 2007 at which the mother and her legal representative were present, the council said.
"The law does not allow application for a court order before birth. The protection plan made in advance included the intention to apply for a care order immediately following the birth of this baby."
Last night, Margaret McGlade, the independent chairman of Nottingham's local safeguarding children board, said there will be a review of "the communications between all parties, including the baby's mother, particularly following the baby's birth to see if there are any lessons to be learned".
I had to flee Britain to stop my baby being snatched by the State
Fran Lyon will be a mother by now.
All alone, in a hiding place somewhere in Europe, the 22-year-old student will be cradling her newborn daughter Molly and hoping that one day she will be able to return home to Hexham in Northumberland, and share the joy of the birth with her family and friends.
Last November, at seven-and-a-half months' pregnant, Fran fled the country after social workers warned her that her baby would be taken away ten minutes after the birth and placed with foster parents.
Horrified, she moved to Birmingham.
But as the due date neared, she decided even that was too risky and boarded a flight to Europe, where she remains in hiding.
Today, one can only imagine her reaction as she learns that this week a young mother had her baby illegally snatched by social workers.
In this dramatic new case, officials claimed the 18-year-old was unfit to care for her child because of mental health problems.
But hours later a High Court judge ordered the infant to be returned immediately, ruling the social workers had acted beyond their powers.
The case has chilling echoes of Fran Lyon's experience.
Despite medical evidence to the contrary, social workers believed that because she had suffered from eating disorders and had self-harmed as a teenager, she posed a threat to her unborn baby.
In the last telephone interview she gave before she fled, Fran said: "I wouldn't have done it unless I absolutely had to.
"Every time there was a twinge, I was petrified. I just kept thinking: 'Please don't go into labour, not yet.'
"Now, for the first time, this will be just me and Molly. I want to enjoy it."
Fran, who was studying for a degree in neuroscience at Edinburgh University, became unexpectedly pregnant last April.
"I was shocked because I'd had the contraceptive injection," she said.
"I didn't have a clue how I was going to make it work with university and my job (for two mental health charities) but I was determined that I was having her."
She fell out with the father of the baby, who then became the subject of a police investigation.
He then alerted social services to Fran's medical history. When they investigated, Fran was open about her past.
The catalyst for her problems, she told them, came at 14 when she was raped by an acquaintance.
She became clinically depressed and spent the next three years, on and off, in residential psychiatric hospitals.
But she had fully recovered by the time she was 18 and the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder was removed.
Fran received a letter informing her that a "child protection case conference" would be held on August 16 last year.
She instructed a solicitor and contacted her former psychiatrist, Dr Stella Newrith, who offered her full support.
Fran claimed that social services thought she was in danger of suffering Munchausen's by proxy, a controversial and unproven condition in which a parent invents an illness in her child to draw attention to herself.
Fran was also told she could not be trusted to breast-feed her child.
By November, the plan to remove Molly was confirmed and Fran was distraught.
A spokeswoman for Northumberland County Council said: "We are unable to comment on individual cases, and we do not believe that it's in the best interests of any mother or child to discuss personal details through the media."
For Fran, however, the publicity was her last chance to stay with her little girl.
"All I am asking for is a chance to prove I will be a good mother to Molly," she said.
How social services are paid bonuses to snatch babies for adoption
For a mother, there can be no greater horror than having a baby snatched away by the State at birth.
The women to whom it has happened say their lives are ruined for ever - and goodness knows what longterm effect it has on the child.
Most never recover from this trauma.
Imagine a baby growing in your body for nine months, imagine going through the emotion of bringing it into the world, only to have social workers seize the newborn, sometimes within minutes of its first cry and often on the flimsiest of excuses.
Yet this disturbing scenario is played out every day.
The number of babies under one month old being taken into care for adoption is now running at almost four a day (a 300 per cent increase over a decade).
In total, 75 children of all ages are being removed from their parents every week before being handed over to new families.
Some of these may have been willingly given up for adoption, but critics of the Government's policy are convinced that the vast majority are taken by force.
Time and again, the mothers say they are innocent of any wrongdoing.
Of course, there are people who are not fit to be parents and it is the duty of any responsible State to protect their children.
But over the five years since I began investigating the scandal of forced adoptions, I have found a deeply secretive system which is too often biased against basically decent families.
I have been told of routine dishonesty by social workers and questionable evidence given by doctors which has wrongly condemned mothers.
Meanwhile, millions of pounds of taxpayers' money has been given to councils to encourage them to meet high Government targets on child adoptions.
Under New Labour policy, Tony Blair changed targets in 2000 to raise the number of children being adopted by 50 per cent to 5,400 a year.
The annual tally has now reached almost 4,000 in England and Wales - four times higher than in France, which has a similar-sized population.
Blair promised millions of pounds to councils that achieved the targets and some have already received more than £2million each in rewards for successful adoptions.
Figures recently released by the Department for Local Government and Community Cohesion show that two councils - Essex and Kent - were offered more than £2million "bonuses" over three years to encourage additional adoptions.
Four others - Norfolk, Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Hampshire - were promised an extra £1million.
This sweeping shake-up was designed for all the right reasons: to get difficult-to-place older children in care homes allocated to new parents.
But the reforms didn't work. Encouraged by the promise of extra cash, social workers began to earmark babies and cute toddlers who were most easy to place in adoptive homes, leaving the more difficultto-place older children in care.
As a result, the number of over-sevens adopted has plummeted by half.
Critics - including family solicitors, MPs and midwives as well as the wronged families - report cases where young children are selected, even before birth, by social workers in order to win the bonuses.