Lessons will be learned from tragic deaths of two teenage Sunderland girls in care

Danielle Formosa
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A serious case review into the deaths of two Sunderland schoolgirls is due to be finalised in “the next few weeks”, Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board has said.

On Monday, an inquest was held into the death of Danielle Formosa, 14, who was found hanging at East Farmhouse children’s home in Consett on December 17, 2013.

All partners will look at where we can learn from this

Colin Morris

Coroner Andrew Tweddle recorded a finding of suicide at the inquest, which heard Danielle had written ‘RIP Sarah’ on her hot water bottle, believed to be a reference to Sarah Clerkson, also 14, and in care and from Sunderland, who was found hanging at a house party just 10 days before.

Following Danielle’s inquest, Colin Morris, independent chairman of Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Danielle’s death was a tragic loss of a young life and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

“Having listened very carefully to what the coroner had to say we will of course be taking his comments on board as we seek to fully understand all of the circumstances behind this tragic event.

“Where appropriate, all partners will look at where we can learn from this as we finalise the serious case review in the next few weeks.

“The serious case review could not be completed until the inquest was concluded; therefore we cannot discuss its contents in depth at this stage.

“However, the review will outline important learning from this tragedy that will help improve our work to keep children and young people safe.”