Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dual Shame of the UK's Child Protection System

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dual Shame of the UK's Child Protection System

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Byline: DENISE ROBERTSON

AJUDGE at Sheffield Crown Court asked the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board to show him the full serious case review on the Edlington case, which was before him. They turned his request down.

The BBC, who have a leaked copy, revealed that it shows very serious shortcomings by care professionals, a failure to comply with legal duties and 31 missed chances to do something to stop two boys becoming monsters.

The Safeguarding Board is thus able to hide its failure to safeguard and not even a judge can overrule them.

Seven children known to the authority have died in the borough since 2004, prompting serious case reviews and Ofsted inspections.

The Ministry for Children acted as soon as it became aware of the situation, but by then it was too late.

A reputable newspaper recently reported that in one London borough, 4,520 children were referred to social services yet only half received an initial assessment. …

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