Serious Case Review – Claire: published 24 January 2017
Statement from Sarah Baker, CSCB Independent Chair:
When a child is removed into care for their safety, this is done to keep them safe and offer them better life chances. ‘Claire’s’ foster carer breached the trust placed in him by sexually abusing her. On behalf of the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board I want to express the deep sadness we all feel for the terrible experience Claire and her family subsequently went through.
This serious case review has been very difficult for the family and I would like to thank them for their openness and cooperation. Their focus on what is best for Claire has been uppermost throughout their engagement with the review.
Staff have been fully engaged with the Serious Case Review. All, without exception, believed at the time of this incident they were providing Claire with a safe and secure home.
The review found no evidence that anything at the time could have indicated this foster carer was likely to sexually abuse a child in his care. However there are still lessons to be learned and actions were immediately taken to tighten up a variety of processes. Staff have also received additional training and guidance to increase their awareness and understanding. I will ensure the findings from this review are built into our future action plan.
Claire is doing well with her new foster carers, despite this horrible experience and continues to enjoy the unconditional support of both them and her family. On behalf of the Board I wish her all the very best for the future.