Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Simon Bellwood - Round 2!

Dear all,

Firstly let me apologise for the lack of attention to my blog site over recent months.

I have no excuse other than I have been really busy... starting a new career.

Those of you who had previously followed my blog will know that the States of Jersey decided that I was not very good at social work and to prove their point they sacked me.

In response, rather than leave Jersey (much to their disappointment), I embarked on a new career and I am here to stay. Although not as active in pursuit of justice as I would like to be, and despite my lack of attention to my blog, I have endeavoured to keep the pressure on in order to promote the rights of children.

Oh, before I go on, I almost forgotto say 'Hi' to Phil (Dennett). Marnie (Baudains), Joe (Kennedy), Linda (Dodds), Madeleine (Davies), Mikey (Pollard) and Mickey (Pinel), Billy (Ogley) and Franky (Wa*ker). Long time no speak, I hope you are all well?

Anyway, getting back to my blog, where have I found the energy to start blogging again? All will be revealed!

I intend on posting blogs in relation to the imminent publication of the Howard League report as well as looking at the entrenched bullying culture within the States of Jersey's civil service.

An area I am sure will provoke some strong reactions. Have you been bullied and not believed?

The imminent release of the Howard League report will also provoke some strong responses, whether they be employees, former residents or the general public.

Did you know that Jersey lock up more children than the rest of Europe? Ironic when you consider the previous role of the senatorial pole topper?

I would love to hear from you with suggestions of what topics should be covered within this blog.

As always I am particularly keen to hear from Greenfields staff and residents (and their families).

But just to warn you, the Grand Prix didn't happen.

We all know and accept that it was an unfortunate policy document that was misrepresented.

Just so you know, do not try and condemn this view as it will not be mentioned on my blog due to the controversy it may cause.

Clearly there is no evidence to suggest that it happened, it is only disaffected individuals (like me) who claim that children were locked in solitary confinement for long periods of time (which was unlawful).

It is an open and shut case, put it to rest, lest talk about more pressing issues like the...uhhmmm?

I look forward to your comments.

Simon Bellwood
The Social Worker who was sacked AFTER (and not for)whistle blowing


Anonymous said...

Perhaps Kennedy kept them on bang up like he did at the YO's at La Moye inbetween affairs with new recruits (officers).

Anonymous said...

Was the Grande Prix system used or not? i am confused.

Is Mr perchard saying "yes,this is the behaviour system they adopted, but they did'nt use it"?

If this is the case, what behaviour system was used?

All very confusing.

How long has Mr perchard been assistant health minister? not very long is it?

Perhaps Mr perchard can explain the definitions of exactly what did and did'nt happen at greenfields, he seems to have all the details.

He must have been very busy reading all the files and records, and talking to everyone who was ever involved with Le Chenes and Greenfields, so perhaps he can explain what it means.

So,Let's get this right, the Grande Prix, it existed in theory but was'nt put into practice?

So were residents put in a cell for 24 hours on arrival or not?

Were residents put into a cell for 3 days if they misbehaved or refused to do what was asked?

Was that time extended if conduct wasn't complient in the cell?

Didn't several residents spend weeks in a cell?

Is that what they mean by a watered down version of Grande Prix?

Who introduced Grande Prix? and When?

When did it stop?


Zoompad said...

Pindown happened - I was locked up and got so disorientated that I had no idea what day, month or year it was, because the lights were left on all the time. I still don't know to this day how long I was kept in the celler cell for.

It wasn't in Jersey, it was in Staffordshire - Lichfield Assessment Centre - the home for bad children, but I had been sexually abused, I was there as a place of safety - that made no difference, I was labelled BAD GIRL and that was that.

I know a lady who was treated in a similar way in Kent. It happened - not just in Jersey but all over the UK. That's probably why the UK Goverment aren't that keen to do anything about it. Better to treat folk like me as dustbin fodder than own up that we were grieviously wronged.


Anonymous said...

Do you know anything about the two 15year olds incarcerated at LaMoye .I know that a tutor is going up there to give them lessons but I still cannot understand
how or why a child could possibly be held in an adult prison. I have since learnt that these children are not kept in solitary confinement but the really worrying issues are who’re they mixing with