Essex child under the age of one dies in ‘serious incident’ reported to Ofsted

A file photo of a baby's hand and a blanket

A file photo of a baby's hand and a blanket - Credit: Archant

Essex County Council reported three serious incidents involving children, one which resulted in a child’s death, between April 2014 and March this year.

Ofsted today published data which showed two serious incidents in Essex reported in that time period.

The most serious happened in February 2014 when a child, under the age of one, died. That incident was reported in August of that year.

Detailed information about the incidents is not given within the data. A second incident occurred in January 2014, also involving a child under one.

Local authorities are required to provide information to Ofsted of serious incidents affecting children under the age of 18.

These incidents may occur in social care, nursery or school environments as well as on private property. Authorities have to notify Ofsted of incidents which include of neglect, abuse and serious harm.

Responding to the information, an Essex County Council spokeswoman included a third serious incident not in Ofsted’s list. “Currently, there are three serious case reviews underway in Essex, all of which were reported as serious incidents,” she said.

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“Until these serious case reviews are fully concluded we are unable to comment at this point in time. However, they will be published in due course”.

There were no reported incidents for Suffolk.

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