The Bristol Safeguarding Children Board has today published a Serious Case Review into the death of Aya,a six month old baby who died after suffering non-accidental head injuries whilst in the care of her father. Her father pleaded guilty to her murder and subsequently received a life sentence with a tariff of 15 years.
The full report and board response can be found here.
Sally Lewis, Independent Chair of the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board, said: “The death of Aya was a tragic incident that occurred under circumstances that may never be fully explained. On behalf of the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board I would like to thank Aya’s mother for contributing to the review from the beginning and offering her full support during this very difficult time.
“The BSCB commissioned this review to understand what the organisations in Bristol could learn about a case where there was minimal agency involvement. The review concluded that sadly there was little to suggest to agencies that Aya was at any particular risk of harm and required additional safeguarding.
“The Serious Case Review did find that the lack of a universal programme of work with fathers in the antenatal and postnatal period reduces the opportunities for fathers to play a full and active role in early childhood, and for professionals to assess their needs and roles within the family. Whilst the review did not find that specific work with Aya’s father would have prevented Aya’s death, this is an area that is important for us to progress in Bristol and one where I will be raising the need to review the local offer with commissioners.
“My thanks also go to Anne Morgan, the independent reviewer, for her diligence and thorough approach to this review.”