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Tuesday, 05 September 2017

Report: Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board - Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith - Serious Case Review

Written by The Editorial Team

This overview report summarises the findings of an independently led Serious Case Review (SCR)  commissioned by the Chair of Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB).

It concerns Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith, described by her family as a beautiful girl with an infectious smile, twinkling eyes and a bubbly personality, a gentle and loving little girl.  

Throughout Ayeeshia's short life, there was regular multi agency professional involvement.

She was placed on a child protection plan (CPP) because of pre-birth concerns about possible neglect in July 2012, and remained on this plan until the commencement of care proceedings in May 2013 when she became the subject of an interim supervision order and  then  an interim care order.   

The outcome of these proceedings was a supervision order made in October 2013.  

On May 1st 2014, the local Ambulance Service attended the family home and on arrival found the mother’s boyfriend giving cardiac massage to Ayeeshia; she was reported by him to have ‘gone floppy’ and had stopped breathing.  

She was taken by ambulance to Queen's Hospital Burton where, after further attempts at resuscitation, she was pronounced dead. The mother (pictured) and boyfriend were subsequently arrested and later charged with her murder....

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