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Serious Case Review – Child J – Information Sharing

Published: Tuesday, 19th September 2017

There is a need to use this case as learning within training to emphasise the welfare of the child comes first, despite being friends or family of the child.

Registration packs now provide more explicit information about caring for someone within the family, in order to help address this.

Child J was found unresponsive at home and taken to Rotherham Accident & Emergency. During examination at the hospital it was noticed that alongside the breathing difficulties, the child also had multiple bruising of differing ages on her body which the Paediatric Consultant subsequently concluded as indicative of Non-Accidental Injury.

Child J had been known to children’s services, including being registered on a Child Protection Plan, in Sheffield but the case notes had not been transferred to Rotherham in a timely manner. The mother of the child was working in Rotherham and used a Rotherham childminder to care for Child J whilst she was at work. The childminder was linked/related to the family.

For a number of months, the childminder had, been concerned about the welfare of Child J and had been accurately recording information about the child, including the regular bruising seen on her body.

The childminder had photographed the injuries seen and kept them as ‘evidence’ – this is not appropriate for the role of a childminder. Police/Social Care would arrange for injuries to be photographed as part of the medical/criminal process.

Specific recommendations for Rotherham relate to childcare practitioners. The childminder, despite keeping records and the photographs, failed to report any of her concerns to Social Care – she did nothing with her information other than keep her own log.

Guidance for Practitioners

  • Fears about sharing information cannot be allowed to stand in the way of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children at risk of abuse or neglect.
  • See New guidance issued in March 2015 by HM Government has been produced to support practitioners in the decisions they take when sharing information about children, young people and families.

Training for Practitioners

  • Group 3 Core Workshop for Childminders and Early Year providers. Dates: 7 October 2017, 20 January 2018, 10 March 2018 at 9.00am-1.00 pm. To register please contact
  • Basic Child Protection course. Next course is scheduled for Monday 16 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.The charge is £15.00 per place to cover printing and room hire. Anyone wishing to book a place can contact .

The course is aimed at new practitioners and practitioners in a non-designated roles who need an overview of the signs and types of abuse, dealing with disclosure and reporting procedures in the Rotherham borough.