Death report is to stay secret

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A DONCASTER mother whose son died while he was in the care of Doncaster Council has been told she will never be allowed to see the full details of a Serious Case Review into his death.

Andrea Jobling’s disabled son Warren, who suffered from a rare condition called Baraitser-Winter Syndrome, died aged seven while in local authority respite care. He was partially blind and deaf and unable to walk or talk.

Following his death a Serious Case Review was launched to investigate the circumstances.

An executive summary was made public but the rest of the report has never been published.

Mrs Jobling, who has been campaigning for the report to be published in full, met Roger Thompson, chairman of Doncaster’s Safeguarding Children Board, and the organisation’s manager, Dawn Orton, to discuss her concerns over the seven year old’s death.

Today she branded the talks a “waste of time” but vowed she and her husband Ian would continue to fight for answers.

Mrs Jobling, of Buttercross, Skellow, was also told there would be no further review because Mr Thompson said many of the staff involved were no longer working for the authority.

Mrs Jobling said: “Mr Thompson was very sympathetic but that means nothing to me. I have told him I won’t leave it like this. We’re doing this for Warren.”

Mr Thompson said he had written to Mrs Jobling. He said: “Findings of the Serious Case review were published as an executive summary in December 2009 which was in line with Government practice at that time.

“On behalf of the Board, and those multi-agency partners representing the Board, we fully recognise the sadness of Warren’s death.

“However, the Board has already supported the commissioning of an independent Serious Case Review approved by Ofsted and we do not intend to commission any further investigation.”