Suspect abuse and neglect cases: Sunderland carrying out most investigations in the North East

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SUNDERLAND is carrying out more Serious Case Reviews than any other council area in the region.

The Children and Adults Board is conducting investigations into eight child cases and two adults. All are unrelated.

A review is ordered when a child or vulnerable adult dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect are known or suspected.

The authority also confirmed that a management review into safeguarding procedures had taken place and improvements are being put in place.

Colin Morris, independent chairman of Sunderland Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards, said: “The Partnership across Sunderland is currently working on eight children’s and two adult reviews which relate to matters spanning a period of approximately 18 months

“These are unrelated and at different stages of the review process, which, in itself, is complex and time consuming. We are not able to share details of these until they are complete.

“Serious case reviews serve a vital role in helping safeguarding agencies learn important lessons from individual cases in order to ensure safeguarding is as effective and robust as it can possibly be.

“Safeguarding is a difficult and challenging area and it’s not unusual to have a number of serious case reviews over a period of time.

“In this context, due to changes in the rules governing the circumstances in which a serious case review is held, it is quite possible that serious case reviews from now onwards will be commissioned more frequently.

“Nothing is more important than protecting vulnerable children and adults who might be at risk.

“Sunderland Safeguarding Children’s and Adults Boards and their respective partners take the learning from serious case reviews extremely seriously and are committed to continuously learn and improve.”