Death of another child in care being investigated

THURROCK Council’s children’s service has been rocked by the death of another child in its care while the children’s care service has been described as ‘in melt down.’ reports the Thurrock Independent.

Details are scarce about the latest death, believed to be in recent weeks, but it comes at a time when a serious case review is already taking place into the death of 23-month-old Katie Eloise Eden, which happened in Grays in January 2018.

Katie lived with her parents in flats in Chadwell St Mary, co-incidentally where the parents of the latest child to die also lived – though it is believed the child died while in the care of foster parents in Rayleigh.

The death of the child under the care of the service has been confirmed to the Thurrock Independent by senior councillors – however, officially the council has declined to give any details.

And in a somewhat timely twist, given the child was in the care of foster parents, a whistleblower has contacted the Thurrock Independent this week to say the local childcare service is in a state of ‘near melt down’ with a backlog of work to complete – and many people caring for children who are the responsibility of the council have not been cleared to do so!

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