Failings of the social services

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TIME and time again, following a tragedy we hear of the failings of the social services or other agencies who could have prevented it - if only they had communicated effectively.

Sadly, we are witnessing the same again over the failure to properly identify Hannah Bonser as a risk and who went on to kill an innocent teenager, Casey Kearney..

A report published into Bonser once again identifies systemic failings - so bad that the killer became almost “invisible” to the council and health services that should have been helping her to cope with her mental state.

Bonser, herself, is a victim - let down by the system as a child - and the independent review identifies a number of missed opportunities to safeguard her from neglect.

That failing is important because it would have had a material bearing on her mental wellbeing - a condition that led to her stabbing to death young Casey.

And those failings, though unconnected, continued into her adult life. Bonser told many agencies many times that she might harm someone - yet she was not identified as a high risk.

She was well known to the agenices and was seen by 16 different psychiatrists and more than 20 community workers.

Surely someone overseeing her case would have been aware that this was wrong.

But there was no-one who acted as a lead professional to oversee her care and treatment.

Once again we are being told that as a result organisations need to conduct better monitoring, record keeping and training.

Sadly, that is too late for Bonser, but more importantly, it is too late for poor Casey.

Manor’s panto is a crowd pleaser

IT’S a city institution, as Sheffield as Henderson’s Relish and just as much-loved.

The Manor Operatic panto at the City Hall has entertained hundreds of thousands of Sheffielders and is an established favourite in many a family diary.

This year’s performances mark the company’s 25th year, a remarkable feat by anyone’s standards.

The group reckons every year more than 25,000 of us turn out to see them, a testament to their dedication and talent.

So never mind whether the economy is flagging, the Manor panto never fails to perform.

That’s because it makes us feel good and that’s why it continues to live on, year-after-year.

Here’s looking forward to the performance of Aladdin, somehow you know it will grant all your wishes.