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Timeline: Haut de la Garenne

Haut de la Garenne
Haut de la Garenne in the 1940s was called Jersey Home for Boys
Former Jersey children's home Haut de la Garenne is at the centre of a major child abuse investigation. BBC News charts the home's history.

22 June 1867: Jersey Industrial School opens it doors for "young people of the lower classes of society and neglected children".

1900: Name changes to Jersey Home for Boys. The boys faced floggings and a former resident, the late Frank Lewis, remembered a boy's fingers being severed with a sharp cane.

1960: Name changes to Haut de la Garenne. Garenne means rabbit warren.

When it first opened its doors, no child who had appeared before a magistrate was allowed a place at Haut de la Garenne. That changed with the popular belief that prison was the wrong place for troublesome youngsters.

1981: A UK report says the home was "uneconomical" and should either be closed or modified, not because of any criticism of the way the home was run, but because the number of children was declining.

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A dormitory at Haut de la Garenne in the 1940s

The building, which housed up to 60 children, only had about 30-40 living there with about 15 residential staff and two part-time workers.

1986: Haut de la Garenne closes. The Education Department said it would find work for staff at a new home or elsewhere in the education system.

2004: A 2.25m refurbishment transforms the two-storey Victorian building into Jersey's first youth hostel, with 100 beds.

2006: Jersey Police begin a covert investigation into abuse of children at Haute de la Garenne following allegations by former residents.

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