Serious Case Review

Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board has published the report of the serious case review (SCR) into the death of a 21 month old toddler (”Polly”) following a fatal heart laceration, and who had suffered other injuries and medical episodes in the months before she died. The toddler’s mother was jailed for life after being convicted of killing her daughter. Key issues identified include: social workers missed the signs of disguised compliance and focused too much on attachment and parenting  while risks to “Polly” increased; and social workers “should have been more inquisitive” about the impact the mother’s new partner and her other relationships on the safety and health of the toddler.

Source: Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board  Date: 05 September 2017

Further Information:  Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board: serious case review  ADS14: Polly (PDF)