Feb 26

Croydon Vulnerable Adolescent Review Report 2019

Croydon Safeguarding Children Board have today published the CSCB Vulnerable Adolescent Review Report, which looked into the lives of 60 vulnerable young people identified by local agencies. This ground-breaking work gives an insight into their history, experiences and lives.

You can download the full report here


Introductory Statement from Di Smith (Interim Independent Chair Croydon LSCB)


Responses to the CSCB Vulnerable Adolescent Review Report 

 Andrew Brown, BME Forum

Croydon BME Forum are happy to endorse the report from the CSCB.

Being involved in the work over the past year its great to see the recommendations and findings that have now been published. The Forum in particular looking forward to working on how to work on the impact of ACEs in Croydon and how to include multi-agency professionals, families and the community. Croydon BME Forum is looking forward to working with the groups and organisations mentioned to resolve many of the issues that have been highlighted in the report.

Robert Henderson, Executive Director for Children, Families and Education, said:

Croydon’s vulnerable adolescents review is hugely important. The most extensive piece of work undertaken by our safeguarding board to date, it is a real window into the lives of some of our most vulnerable children and young people, and their families, and a powerful reminder of the challenges and incredibly complex issues they are facing every day. I want us to put this understanding of their lived experiences at the heart of everything we do, every day, to help them. The partnership will be taking swift and decisive action in relation to the recommendations.” 

Elaine Clancy, Director of Quality and Governance, for NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said,

“NHS Croydon CCG welcomes the publication of the Vulnerable Adolescents Thematic Review.  We are committed to working with our colleagues from across both health and social care services to ensure that all Croydon children, regardless of their background, have access to the support and services they need to get the best start in life.  We will work these findings and recommendations into our work going forwards.”

Nicky Arrowsmith, Detective Chief Inspector – Metropolitan Police  

The Vulnerable Adolescent Review has been a great opportunity for us all to reflect on how we work together in partnership in order to safeguard children and young people in Croydon. This review has highlighted how we can take steps to support families, children and young people in the Borough and take action for successful outcomes at the earliest possible stage. Contributing to, and taking part in the Review has been highly useful and informative and reflects our collective views of what needs to happen in partnership in the near future. 

Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said:

The CSCB and the council commissioned this review to build a picture of the lives of these young people and identify the factors that make them particularly vulnerable to harm.

“The findings are a powerful reminder of the reality these children are living – from a very young age, many of them feel unsafe and isolated, and all of them are desperately in need of support and stability. Five of these young people have tragically lost their lives.

“The review has laid the foundations but it must be about how we learn from this review and what comes next. We must come together as a community support the remaining 55 young people, and to ensure that we do all we can to tackle the issues that have been pivotal in these young people’s lives, from housing need to mental health, so that we keep all our young people safe.”

 Councillor Hamida Ali – Cabinet Member for Communities, Safety & Justice said:

This is a hugely important piece of work – not just for Croydon because of the invaluable insight it offers us into the experiences and perspectives of some of our most vulnerable young people – but also because of what it offers the nation at large – given the challenges we face here are not particular to Croydon.

We are pursuing a public health approach to tackling violence in Croydon – including serious youth violence – and a key part of a public health approach is a clear understanding of the nature of the problem. This review will be vital to developing our approach to reducing violence – making sure we’re stepping in earlier and stopping violence from happening in the first place. 

 I commend the board on the leadership they demonstrate through this excellent piece of work – both here in Croydon – and further afield.


The Executive Summary Report can be read here



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