Child Practice Review to be held following court case

Pauline Bird

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Following the conclusion of Neil Foden’s criminal court case, the North Wales Safeguarding Board will now undertake a Child Practice Review (CPR).

The review, which will start within the next few weeks will be carried out in accordance with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 “Working Together to Safeguard People” Volume 2. This is not part of the criminal or investigatory process, rather it aims to examine agencies’ involvement and identify lessons to be learnt.

As part of this review, a Panel of senior managers from all agencies will be established and the Board will appoint an independent Chair who will be supported by two independent reviewers. Agencies sitting on the Panel will gather information on their involvement to develop a timeline of significant events that took place.

This information will be presented to a multi-agency learning event, attended by practitioners who were involved to share their understanding of what has happened and identify key learning points.
The Panel is also required to seek opportunities to engage with the children and young people impacted, where appropriate, to support with this learning, so that the child or young people are central to the whole process.

Jenny Williams Chair of the North Wales Safeguarding Board commented “The learning event is an important opportunity for independent reviewers to collate and analyse all the information gathered to complete a report. This report will highlight learning from the case, areas of good practice and recommendations in order to improve future safeguarding practice. It is a vital step in protecting vulnerable children in north Wales.

“Once completed, the report will be presented to the Regional Safeguarding Board for scrutiny and approval, before being submitted to Welsh Government for final endorsement. It is vitally important that the CPR is undertaken thoroughly and can typically take approximately 6 months to complete, however timescales will depend on many factors including the complexity of this case, the extent of the investigations and engagement with partners that are required and the necessity of the panel to fully consider in detail all of the evidence.”

The Safeguarding Board will aim to complete the review at the earliest opportunity and will provide regular updates to the Safeguarding and Advocacy Unit in Welsh Government.

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