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Child death details kept private

The findings of a serious case review into the death of a child known to social services in Doncaster will not be published, the council has said.

Doncaster Council said it would not be releasing the results of the serious case review to protect the family's privacy.

The review is one of seven ordered into the deaths of children in the area since 2004.

The latest review concerns a child known only as Child D.

Roger Thompson, chairman of the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board, said: "A formal serious case review to investigate all the circumstances into the death of Child D has now been completed by the board and approved by Ofsted evaluation."

He added: "The primary responsibility of the board is the safety and welfare of all children across the borough, including the welfare of siblings of deceased children.

"Therefore, it is the board's decision not to publish an executive summary of this case in view of supporting the family's right to maintain their privacy and protection from further media intrusion.

"The Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board is committed to openness in its work but always has to balance the public interest with a family's right to privacy. On this occasion, the board has concluded that the public interest is outweighed by the family's right to privacy."

'Thorough review'

Mr Thompson said the board had worked with a number of partner organisations to share key findings and outline recommendations for improving safeguarding practice across all agencies.

The council said six of the seven serious case reviews had been completed. The findings of the remaining one is expected early next year.

One victim was 16-month-old Amy Howson who was killed by her father at their home in the town in December 2007.

A serious case review into her death found the town's children's services team failed to take proper action to safeguard the girl.

Another review highlighted failings in the case of 11-week-old Alfie Goddard, who was also murdered by his father in the Toll Bar area of Doncaster.

In January, Children's Minister Beverley Hughes ordered a "thorough diagnostic review" of Doncaster Council's child safeguarding services.

Children's Secretary Ed Balls later sent in a new management team to take over the leadership and management of children's services at the authority.

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