Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

Edlington attacks: lessons to learn

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has demanded that all of the lessons are learned from the Serious Case Review following the Edlington attacks.

Said Ms Flint:  “I want as much of the report to be published as possible – but it is essential that innocent parties’ privacy is protected.  This includes people who reported incidents or siblings of the boys who committed the attacks.

The independent Serious Case Review into the “J children” case has been undertaken for the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board and has been approved by Ofsted.  The report confirms “serious failings in local services” and that this was a “preventable incident”.

“This is not an issue for party politics – this is about all of those Council departments and local agencies – learning what went wrong and addressing the recommendations of the review is most important, so that children in this Borough can be safer in the future.”

Ms Flint said she understood the argument for publishing the names of the boys convicted of the attacks.  “I understand the argument that if a person is old enough to be criminally responsible, their name should be published like any other violent criminal.

“But this is for a judge not politicians to decide.  The most important issue is that when these boys have completed their sentences that they do not return to Doncaster.”

Ms Flint said that every agency: police, social services, the NHS - and all the bodies that regulate Doncaster Council gets to see the full report on the case; and it is essential that they get on top of the changes that have to be implemented.

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