DONCASTER WILL NOT PUBLISH FINDINGS INTO THE DEATH OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN

Published Date: 24 November 2009
DONCASTER'S child welfare bosses have today said they will not publish the findings of its latest review into the death of a child.
A serious case review has been completed into the death of a child, known as Child D, but Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board said its findings would not be published to protect the family.

The Free Press exclusively revealed the failings in Don
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caster Council's children's services department which led to seven serious case reviews been launched into the deaths of children who it was suspected had died as a result of abuse or neglect.

Roger Thompson, chair of the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board said the findings of the investigation had been approved by government Ofsted inspectors.

He said: "This has been a joint working process with our multi agency partner organisations in gathering extensive, thorough and accurate information in order to share key findings and outline recommendations for improving safeguarding practice across all agencies in the future.

"The primary responsibility of the board is the safety and welfare of all children across the borough, including the welfare of siblings of deceased children.

"Therefore, it is the board's decision not to publish an executive summary of this case in view of supporting the family's right to maintain their privacy and protection from further media intrusion.

"The Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board is committed to openness in its work, but always has to balance the public interest with a family's right to privacy."

The deaths of Amy Howson, from Edlington, and Alfie Goddard, from Toll Bar, who were both murdered by their fathers, were among the seven deaths that have been investigated.

* For more on this story see this week's Free Press out on Thursday.

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Comment by Alison J Stevens on November 25, 2009 at 21:52
I have written a letter to Roger Thompson, Chairperson of the Doncaster Safeguarding Board.
It is in the interests of the general Public, to know what happened,and how it happened, into their failings to protect vulnerable Children, leading to their deaths, i will post details,when we have a reply.

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