Safeguarding lessons following the death of Shanay Walker

Farrer & Co has published a briefing looking at what can be learned from the death of Shanay Walker, a seven year old girl who died from a brain injury in July 2014 while under a special guardianship order. Lessons for all organisations working with children include: reminding staff that they all have a responsibility to identify children suffering or likely to suffer significant harm and to alert others to their concerns; routinely follow up referrals to children’s social care in writing; information which suggests that a child has self-harmed should be taken very seriously, particularly in primary age children where self-harm is rare.