Leanne White Report Released

(Updated 14 May 2014)

Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC)  have released the Report of Overview Group into the circumstances surrounding the death of Leanne White [1] Nottinghamshire Area Child Protection Committee (1994).

The Council had refused to release it under an exemption under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act as they claimed there was a copy available in the West Yorkshire Branch of the British Library.

The requestor found however that in buying each copy £12.30 of the cost went in Copyright fees. Thus when Nottingham County Council  refused the request,  the successor organisation to the Nottinghamshire Area Protection Committee which was the Nottingham Safeguarding Children Board, of which the County Council has a large membership, stood to gain financially. This of course is a conflict of interest and not a healthy one!

The requestor asked therefore that “separately to the 2000 Act of the Freedom of Information, I ask Nottingham County Council to publish the report digitally either in reply to this request or in their Publication Scheme so that
1. All researchers into child abuse have free and easy access to
essential information about Britains history of child abuse
2. The lessons of her death are learned by the most people possible
3. There is no question of Nottingham County Council appearing to
profit from a death for which they may been partly at fault.
4. Nottingham County Council are taking a moral and ethical

After some obfuscation to check that the copy in the British Library was the same or not as the one that the Council held, which was in fact never revealed, the report was in fact released ” in the interests of openness and transparency”. This is of course to be applauded.

My blog post on Child Protection Inquiries and Serious Case Reviews [3] has been updated accordingly.

Leanne White was just one of 18 children who died in 18 months according to the Independent in 1993.! [4]


Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. 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]. Useful post on triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.

Hyperlinks, Links and References

[1] Leanne White Report –  Report of Overview Group into the
circumstances surrounding the death of Leanne White [1] Nottinghamshire Area Child Protection Committee (1994).https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/194500/response/504855/attach/3/Copy%20of%20Feb%201994%20Overview%20Report.pdf

[2] FOI Request https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/report_of_overview_group_into_th

[3] Cathy Fox blogpost on Child Protection Inquiries and Serious Case Reviews https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/child-protection-inquiries-and-serious-case-reviews/

[4] 1993 Independent 18 children died in 18 months http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/a-dangerous-place-to-be-young-why-have-18-vulnerable-children-died-in-nottinghamshire-in-18-months-beatrix-campbell-reports-1468975.html

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

[B] NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/

[C] One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/

[D] Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm

[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/

[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog http://survivorsjustice.com/

This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email cathyfox@bigfoot.com.

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2 Responses to Leanne White Report Released

    • Ian Clowrey says:

      Strong enough to care 124 page review by notts ssd chief was was undertaken as notts child protection was not up to standard It found 88 faults that urjentley needed amending at a cost £114 million jan to july 1994 At the same time I was accused of abusing my daughter in Kirkby in ashfield same area as Leone I was never charged there was no finding of fact Yet courts influenced by notts ssd said I could write to mt dauters twice a year Wich I have been fighting for 20 years In 2013 I was finaly given my files Discovering that a senior sochel worker in case that her handwriting was the same as Judith Dawson RE Jones confirmed by hand writing expert CAN ANYONE give me any information if J D J had any imput to review above or worked for notts ssd at that time Or were pilots used in review Please help if you have any information

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