Independent report

The government's response to Lord Carlile's report on the Edlington case

The government’s formal response to Lord Carlile’s report on the Edlington case.



In March 2012 the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, asked Lord Carlile to conduct an independent review of the case of the ‘J’ children in Edlington. The ‘J’ children had committed a very serious assault on two young victims in April 2009, having assaulted another young victim the previous weekend.

Doncaster Local Safeguarding Children Board commissioned a serious case review (SCR) on the case and published the executive summary of the SCR in January 2010, in line with the statutory guidance which was in force at that time.

The purpose of Lord Carlile’s further review was to look not only at the issues raised by the case and the action taken in response locally, but also to consider where there may be a need for improvements more widely in the child protection system.

This document is the formal response to Lord Carlile’s report on the Edlington case. It is intended to prompt further debate and discussion of the challenges he sets for local authorities and central government.


  • Introduction
  • Direct action to improve children’s services in Doncaster
  • Overview of Lord Carlile’s recommendations
  • Government response to Lord Carlile’s recommendations