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SCR020 Exec Summary - Shannon Matthews

SCR020 Exec Summary - Shannon Matthews

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Kirklees Safeguarding Children BoardSerious Case ReviewExecutive SummaryRegarding safeguarding issues between 1995and 2008 associated with five children in afamilyMarch 2010
Section Page1.
Introduction 22.
Reasons for the serious case review 23.
The serious case review process and terms of reference 34.
History of professional involvement with this family 45.
Learning from this serious case review 76.
Recommendations in response to learning from this seriouscase review 147.
Conclusion 158.
Multi-agency action plan
Recommendations generated bythe Overview Panel 17AppendicesAppendix I - Recommendations arising from the individual management reviewsAppendix II
Individual management review action plans
For the duration of this Review the requirement for the Kirklees Safeguarding ChildrenBoard to carry out a Serious Case Review was detailed in Chapter 8 of 
Working Together toSafeguard Children: a Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote theWelfare of Children
(HM Government 2006) and in the Local Safeguarding Children BoardsRegulations 2006. This Serious Case Review has therefore been completed in accordancewith the 2006 version of 
Working Together.
The purpose of the Serious Case Review as identified in
Working Together 
is to:
Establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way inwhich local professionals and organisations work together to safeguard andpromote the welfare of children.Identify clearly what those lessons are, how will they be acted on and what isexpected to change as a result.Improve interagency working and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
2.0 Reasons for the Serious Case Review2.1
The immediate reason for this Serious Case Review relates to the disappearance of the
third born child on 19/2/08. After intensive police investigations and extensivesearching, she was subsequently discovered on 14/3/08 hidden under a bed at the home of a
member of her mother’s partner’s extended family.
When she was found the child was
 placed with foster carers with her mother’s agreement.
Further police investigationsidentified that t
his child’s mother was complicit in her abduction.
On 4/12/08 the mother wasconvicted of kidnapping, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice and on23/1/09 she was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.
This family had been known to Ki
rklees Children’s Social Care
and to other health andsocial care agencies since April 199
6 following the birth of the mother’s first child. Between
1996 and 2008 numerous statutory, voluntary and health care agencies provided services forthis family with a view to helping the mother improve her parenting skills and her lifestyle
and ensuring arrangements to safeguard the children’s wellbeing. Schools were centrallyinvolved in supporting and monitoring the children’s social and educational development
and in inter-agency working.
Following the third born child’s recovery from her abductor’s home the policediscovered abusive images of unidentified children on her mother’s partner’s computer andcollaboration between the police and Children’s Social C
are resulted in the remaining threechildren living in the household being removed from the family home.
The Chair of Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board agreed that a Serious Case Reviewwas warranted in the public interest and with reference to the complex and longstanding
involvement of numerous agencies/services with this family. In the context of professionals’historical knowledge about this family, the mother’s involvement with her child’s abduction

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