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Child W aged 16

Hull Social Services
Social Services failed to support Child W.

Death of a 16-year-old girl on 16 November 2013 at a hostel where she was living. Coroner recorded the cause of death as hanging but unclear whether Child W intended to take her own life.

Background: Child W was removed from her birth family and adopted at 10-years-old with her younger brother. Adoptive parents struggled to cope with their behaviour. Prior to her death, there were concerns around self-harm, substance misuse and an alleged rape.

Learning: findings include: W was assessed as needing “intensive therapeutic support” but this support was not provided.

Recommendations: adoption support plans need to clearly detail how and by whom therapeutic needs will be met; attachment needs of adopted children should form part of specialist therapeutic services ; and local authorities should ensure that staff are clear about local guidance and support for homeless 16 and 17-year-olds.

Keywords: adoption support services; placement breakdown; hostels; homeless adolescents; self-harm

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