East Riding Council did not do enough to protect toddler from harm

A toddler was left with life-long injuries, after East Riding Council missed opportunities to protect him.

A toddler was left with life-long injuries, after East Riding Council missed opportunities to protect him from his mum's violent partner, an investigation's found.

The Ombudsman found the council didn't have a plan, to check on the child's welfare or whereabouts, when concerns were raised.

The mum's partner is currently serving a prison sentence, for causing the boy serious injuries by shaking him.

An East Riding Council statement said:

"East Riding Council has accepted in full the conclusions and recommendations made by the Local Government Ombudsman in relation to this complaint, which relates to an incident five years ago.

 A full apology has been given to the family for those actions in which the council was found to be at fault and for any distress caused to the family. 

The council has learned important lessons arising from how this case was managed in 2013.

There have been significant improvements and developments in how safeguarding concerns for children are responded to over the past five years,

The positive impact of these changes was recognised in the full inspection of the council’s safeguarding children services carried out by Ofsted and published in 2017 and further endorsed by a focused visit by Ofsted in July 2018. " 

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