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Child John aged 10 weeks

Essex Social Services
John was the subject of a child protection plan under neglect.

November 2015

Non-accidental head injury to a 10-week-old boy from a Gypsy, Roma, Traveller community, thought to be due to being shaken. Both parents were charged and care proceedings initiated.

Background: John was the subject of a child protection plan under neglect. Both parents had a history of drug addiction and criminal behaviour. 4 of the mother's older children had been removed from her care by a neighbouring local authority, including 1 child who was born with drug withdrawal symptoms. Father’s 2 older children had been subject to child protection plans, primarily because of his domestic violence.

Key issues: the significance of parental histories; the challenge of the family's frequent moves on effective information sharing; and the increasing focus of the father as the source of risk.

Recommendations: include, improve the sharing of historical information about parents; parenting capacity assessments to feature in all core and pre-birth assessments; GPs to be invited to attend all child protection conferences; and the strengthening of guidelines relating to missed appointments (“Did not attend” or DNAs).

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