James Forsyth

Preventing further tragedy

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Camilla Cavendish, who writes with such passion and authority on this issue, sets out why the Serious Case Review into Baby P’s death should be published in The Times today:

“I had hoped that he might challenge the refusal of Ed Balls to publish serious case reviews (SCR) in instances where children have died. The refusal to publish the SCR into Baby P meant that the reasons for catastrophic failure were known only to the authority that failed, and the local MP was impotent.

I think that secrecy assists incompetence. But Lord Laming does not agree. Sadly, it looks as though he has been captured by the very bureaucracy he criticises so powerfully.”

Until the Serious Case Review is published, we won’t know how and why the bureaucracy failed this child so badly. This knowledge is key to preventing another such tragedy.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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