Independent report

The Edlington case: a review by Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

An independent review of the Edlington case, which looks at the issues, the action taken and improvements made.



This independent review into the Edlington case was announced on 29 March 2012 by the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education. It was commissioned following the publication of the Serious Case Review (SCR) overview report on the case of the ‘J’ children in Doncaster.

On the 4 April 2009, two brothers, [J1] and [J2], aged 10 and 11, committed a very serious assault on two young victims, [V1] and [V2], in Edlington, having assaulted another young victim, [V3], the previous weekend. The perpetrators were subject to a child protection plan for physical abuse and neglect and looked after by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

At the time of the assaults, Doncaster Council was failing to perform adequately its statutory functions for children. It was characterised by poor performance at senior management levels, a demoralised social work profession with unacceptable churn of staff, and inadequate communications between agencies. The SCR that was initiated by Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board after these attacks found that local agencies had failed, over a period of years, to achieve better outcomes for [J1] and [J2] and had therefore failed to prevent the assaults on [V1] and [V2].