A 14-year-old boy from Northern Ireland with a history of sexual assaults on a number of young people went on to rape his 12-year-old sister despite social services knowing of his background, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal today.
This harrowing case is just one of the Case Management Reviews (CMRs) being highlighted in the second day of coverage of some of the most serious child abuse and neglect cases to take place in the province.
Executive summaries of the reviews were provided by the Health and Social Care Boards four Area Child Protection Committees (ACPC) in response to a Freedom of Information request from the Telegraph. They all contain pseudonyms to ensure the children involved are not identified.
CMRs are carried out when a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor. All of the reviews make recommendations about how cases could have been handled better by social services.
Other cases reported on today include:
a three-year-old girl on the Child Protection Register who ended up in a coma after taking her mothers medication
a two-month-old baby who died after falling asleep in her mothers arms. Around 45 health and social care professionals were involved with the mother over two years.
the suicide of a 16-year-old girl.
The Department of Health has confirmed that the number of children referred to social services has risen by 24% in the past five years and also that 951 childrens cases were unallocated as of March 31.