Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

WE ARE SO SORRY; Revealed after Teen Was Raped by Sex Offender: * Procedures NOT Followed * Information NOT Shared * Assault NOT Reported

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

WE ARE SO SORRY; Revealed after Teen Was Raped by Sex Offender: * Procedures NOT Followed * Information NOT Shared * Assault NOT Reported

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Byline: SANDY McKENZIE

AGENCIES on Teesside have admitted a catalogue of failures after a teenage girl was raped by a convicted sex offender having a relationship with her mother.

The man had an offending history stretching back over 30 years and had served sentences for crimes including rape.

A Serious Case Review has concluded that if effective action had been taken in the period leading up to the man's release from prison, and if he had been prevented from having contact with the mother and her children the abuse of the teenager would have been prevented.

It says a check should now be made to ensure failings identified in the case are not repeated in other cases being dealt with and other young people are not at risk.

The teenager and her family lived in Redcar and Cleveland and also spent time in Stockton.

The review has produced a large number of recommendations for action by agencies.

Many of them relate to better and more effective communication between agencies and better and more co-ordinated sharing of information, ensuring historical records are fully researched and ensuring there is a focus on the child in all cases where children are at risk.

Patti Summerfield, independent chairman of the Redcar and Cleveland Local Safeguarding Children Board, says agencies involved did not do enough to prevent the abuse happening and "are deeply sorry". She said the review report was very significant.

"There have been failures in the past and it is something I will keep challenging the agencies on," she said.

The review states that social services were involved with the family and the children in the family were on the Child Protection Register. A Court Order was also in place providing supervision by the local authority.

The review says that planning for the man's release was undertaken through the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) process - the framework which aims to ensure joint working with probation, police, prison and other relevant agencies. …

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