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Child N aged 4 months

Salford Social Services
Missed opportunities for social workers to support the family. 2015

Overdose by a 17-year-old female leading to a profound brain injury. Review examines services provided to Child N between the ages of 14 and 17-years-old across two local authorities.

Background: N was a ‘child in need’ but children’s services lost contact after she left supported lodgings to move in with her boyfriend. He was 5-years her senior and they met in a sexual exploitation “hotspot”. N had a troubled adolescence with issues of self-harm, substance misuse and going missing. Mother proactively sought professional help to cope with N’s behaviour.

Learning: good practice highlighted includes the support provided by N’s senior school. Missed opportunities include: social workers should have worked to repair family relationships and greater consideration should have been made relating to child sexual exploitation.

Recommendations: include: early help services must be proactive in working with families with adolescents; local authorities must exercise their legal duties relating to homeless adolescents; and that a clear pathway of mental health services for 16-18-year-olds is created and disseminated to all agencies.

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