This post is intended to draw attention to the learning from a Serious Case Review (SCR) published by Croydon Safeguarding Children Board about a child who for the purpose of the review was named ‘Claire’.
Claire was taken into care and placed with foster carers. She was then sexually abused by her foster carer.
The report was originally published 24 January 2017 via Croydon Safeguarding Children Board.
Croydon Safeguarding Children Board identified that reviewing this case had the potential to shed light on particular areas of practice and raised the following questions:
- How do services work together to assess carers and match children with carers?
- How do multi-agencies work in partnership to support children with complex needs?
- How effective are multi-agency partnerships in protecting children from sexual abuse?
- How does existing partnership working (within and between systems, teams and agencies) improve outcomes for looked after children after?
When a child is looked after there is a shared assumption across the multi- agency network that the child is safe and that existing processes will provide adequate protection; this assumption is unsafe and leads to a lack of partnership working.
Read the full report at source: Croydon Safeguarding Children Board Serious Case Review ‘Claire’
Extract from a statement by Sarah Baker, CSCB Independent Chair:
When a child is removed into care for their safety, this is done to keep them safe and offer them better life chances. ‘Claire’s’ foster carer breached the trust placed in him by sexually abusing her. On behalf of the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board I want to express the deep sadness we all feel for the terrible experience Claire and her family subsequently went through.
This serious case review has been very difficult for the family and I would like to thank them for their openness and cooperation. Their focus on what is best for Claire has been uppermost throughout their engagement with the review.
Read the full statement by Sarah Baker, CSCB Independent Chair: here