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Wrong Children taken into care - Aalihya Jordon-Fellows.

Today the Birmingham Safeguarding Board released a serious case review into the death of Aahliya Jordon-Fellows.

Quoting from the website: "The review found that the death could and should have been prevented by a more robust application of safeguarding procedures by all agencies involved."

My view for some time has been that the wrong children were taken into care. The case of Khyra Ishaq was an obvious one in which no-one was seeing the child. On the other hand stroppy home educating parents - whose children are seen by others and hence are known to be OK - tend to find themselves the target of child protection proceedings.

The case of Aahliya Jordon-Fellows is in one sense a straighforward one where someone known to be a risk to children (her Uncle) was given her care and found guilty of her manslaughter.

What I am trying to do with the Family Justice Bill amongst other things is get greater academic consideration of child protection proceedings so that the really silly cases that often get through the courts are stopped which leaves resources to deal with the serious cases.

I also am doing further research on the question as to whether or not our aggressive system of child protection is making any progress in reducing the number of deaths from child abuse and neglect. I don't think so, but I am still awaiting some information from Ofsted.

Incidentally Aahliyha died after the Baby P prosecution which caused a jump in care proceedings.

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