Wednesday, 15 June 2016

A review of child protection is to be carried out in the Highlands

"A review is to be carried out into child protection safeguards in the Highlands following the death of a two-year-old boy in Inverness."

"Clyde Campbell died in February 2014, in a case of sudden infant death, or cot death."

"His mother, Amanda Hardie, was jailed in May after admitting to neglecting him over a five month period."

"Highland Council said she refused to give her consent to work in partnership with the named person scheme."

"The Highlands is among the areas where named person has been operating ahead of it coming into force across Scotland in August."

"In a statement, Highland Council's director of care and learning, Bill Alexander, said the review would be carried out by the Highland Child Protection Committee..."

"A named person works with the consent of parents, and would have been there to support Ms Hardie, if she had been willing to work in partnership."

"However, while Ms Hardie chose not to seek support from her health visitor, other services continued to engage with her and her family."

We are not informed which services continued to engage with Amanda Hardie or if Clyde Campbell had a child`s plan. If he did, the Named Person would have had a role, with or without consent.
"The link to the Named Person is important as they may have information about the child and family and will know if a Childs Plan is already in place for the child. They will have a key role in contributing to any on-going planning to support the childs wellbeing."

1 comment:

  1. More information from the Press and Journal:

    "The SNP claimed just a few weeks ago that Clyde’s case `underlined the need` for its controversial state guardian scheme to be rolled out nationwide."

    "Campaigners claimed last night that the revelations raised `serious questions` about the Named Person policy – but the Scottish Government insisted the controversial scheme was `widely supported`."

    "It can also be revealed today that Clyde was never assessed as being at risk of significant harm or placed on the child protection register. He was not on the register despite both mum Hardie and dad Kevin Campbell having convictions for violence."

    "Highland Council social work chiefs revealed last night that a review was under way into Clyde’s tragic death – but insisted that staff other than the named person had been working with the family in the lead-up to his death, including police, hospital staff, children’s services and his nursery."

    Then Clyde must have had a child`s plan and there are still questions about how useful the Named Person system was in these circumstances.