The Government published on 29 March 2012, suitably redacted and anonymised, the Serious Case Review (SCR) overview report on the case of the ‘J’ children in Edlington. The executive summary of the Edlington 'J' children SCR was published by Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board in January 2010.
The circumstances of this case, and others involving serious problems with child protection, prompted this Government’s commitment to make information available so that everyone can understand and learn from what happened. The Coalition Government confirmed on 10 June 2010 the intention to publish Serious Case Reviews. The SCR reports on the 'J' children, Peter Connelly and Khyra Ishaq, were published responsibly and sensitively, to protect the privacy of the victims and other vulnerable parties.
At the same time as publishing the 'J' children overview report, the Secretary of State also made public letters which explained that:
On 16 November 2012, the Government published The Edlington Case: A Review by Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC at the request of The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education. Lord Carlile independently reviewed the issues arising from the SCR overview report of the 'J' children and the subsequent action taken and improvements made. A copy of Lord Carlile's report is available from the Publications section of the website.
On 26 March 2013 the Government published its response to Lord Carlile's report. The Government response welcomed the challenges which Lord Carlile set, for example on clarifying thresholds for intervention and improving the way services respond to children who are at risk of neglect. The Government accepted the arguments put forward by Lord Carlile and agreed that these issues need to be addressed in order to provide the best possible child protection system in future. A copy of the Government's response to Lord Carlile's report is available from the Publications section of the website.
Ofsted have published the most recent inspection report on child protection arrangements in Doncaster.
The following documents are also available to download from this page:
Objective, scope and methodology of the review.
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Letter from the Secretary of State to Doncaster Council Mayor, Peter Davies,
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Published 29th March 2012
Executive summary of Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board 'J' children Serious Case Review