Jeremy Forrest teacher /child relationship case

East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children have released the Serious Case Review  Report [1] into the fairly recent case of teacher taking a 15 year old pupil to France. (The report will automatically download on that Report link or you can access the East Sussex Safeguarding Childen Page  [2] and do it yourself).

Serious case reviews (SCRs) are undertaken by local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) for every case where abuse or neglect is known or suspected and either a child dies, or a child has been seriously harmed and the case gives rise to concerns about the way in which local professionals and services worked together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.[5 DfE ]

The Guardians article [4] on this case states that “To describe the Forrest case in the same terms as those [Savile and Stuart Hall] distorts the view of what’s really going on here and what’s really at stake”

The Press Release [3] (will download on pressing link) from the Safeguarding Childens Board  states

There are lessons to be learned from the way professionals responded to concerns raised about a possible relationship between an East Sussex teacher and a pupil, an official review has found.

The multi-agency review carried out by the East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) was launched after the incident and prior to the teacher being jailed for child abduction and other sexual offences earlier this year.

The report, anonymised to protect the identity of the young person concerned, has been published today (MON 16) by the LSCB. It shows that while established safeguarding procedures are in place, there are lessons to be learned from how well those procedures were followed.

The chair of the East Sussex LSCB, Cathie Pattison said: “I felt very strongly there needed to be a multi-agency review of this case. It was a serious case of abuse of a young person who was abducted from her family and I was sure there would be learning not just for the agencies directly involved but also more widely. I was also aware that the young person’s family wanted a thorough review.

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this report. The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.  National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups. Other useful sites are One in Four [C] and Havoca [D]

Links and References

[1] http://www.eastsussexlscb.org.uk/user_controlled_lcms_area/uploaded_files/SCR%20Child%20G%20December%202013%20PUBLISHED.pdf

[2] http://www.eastsussexlscb.org.uk/home_scr.html

[3] http://www.eastsussexlscb.org.uk/user_controlled_lcms_area/uploaded_files/SCR%20Child%20G%20December%202013%20-%20press%20release.doc

[4] http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jun/25/jeremy-forrest-no-romeo-pervert

[5] http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/safeguardingchildren/reviews

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