…Mohammed's HIV positive mother, a failed asylum seeker from the Ivory Coast, died in May 2009, leaving him in the care of Sheffield City Council.Oh, yes. There’s a whole world of FAIL in that sentence alone…
A short-term foster carer was found before Mohammed's father, Adama Sangare and his wife, Gnagne, came forward.I know some people who’ve gone through the adoption process, and it’s long and utterly torturous.
The Serious Case Review, undertaken when abuse and neglect is suspected to be a factor in a child's death or serious injury, found that Sheffield's assessment of the pair's suitability was "rushed" because the person in charge of the case had just been promoted and wanted to finish her previous work as quickly as possible.
The Sangares must be particularly well-favoured. I wonder why..?
No consideration was given to contacting authorities in Croydon, where the family lived, but even if it had, a school here had already failed to act on warning signs about Mrs Sangare.Ah. Well, wasn’t a spotless record, then? Hmm…
In 2009 another of their children had attended the school, unnamed in the report, with a mark on his head and stated that his mother had hit him.You know, this case is starting to have all the hallmarks of so many others…
The head teacher believed the threshold for referral to social services had not been met "despite the child appearing uneasy about being questioned in front of his father".
Instead the school believed his parents' explanation that he had fallen, a "significant failing" which meant a fuller assessment of the family Mohammed, named "Child Z" in the report, was being placed in was never undertaken.
Sheffield failed to inform Croydon of the move and subsequent "human errors" meant there was significant delay in transferring his health records.And so this sad tale concluded in the usual fashion of such:
The report notes: "It was March 2010 before the case was finally allocated to a Croydon health visitor, too late for an initial contact let alone any intervention that could even have arguably led to a different outcome."
Later that month an ambulance was called to the house and Mohammed was found to have suffered catastrophic injuries following weeks of abuse.Oh, surely not? Isn’t the NHS the Wonder of the World?
Even after his admission to hospital the errors continued.
Firstly, the council's emergency duty team (EDT) failed to inform the police of his injuries.And who lost their job over this? We aren’t told.
"It demonstrated complete lack of competence in basic child protection principles and resulted in Child Z's siblings being left in a situation of risk for a further 24 hours," the report said.
The Serious Case Review, compiled by Croydon Safeguarding Children Board, highlighted "extremely poor practice" by a member of the EDT team, subsequently addressed through "management action".
Croydon University Hospital staff were also criticised for failing to contact the police or social services despite the clear indication that Mohammed's injuries were non-accidental.
But I suspect the answer’s a number smaller than 1…
Still, at least we are spared the nauseating spectacle of the mother of one of the inhuman monsters blaming only the authorities:
Bowman did not attend today’s hearing but her mother, Michelle Littlemore, said after the inquest that her daughter had 'taken responsibility' for what happened 'on her own shoulders' and said she hoped the agencies involved would do the same.How about your daughter apologising for shacking up with a brute and covering for his actions? Since the evil bitch was let off a jail sentence, it's surely the least she can do?
She said it was 'good' that the 'errors' that were made in relation to Joshua’s care were uncovered but said 'they shouldn’t have happened at all'.
'If the agencies had done their jobs correctly and acted accordingly I think Joshua would still be here.
'Changes have been made but there has been no official apology to Joshua and his family for the way the agencies have let him down.'
Justice in this country is an utter joke.