Bailey Gwynne Review To Examine 'Wider Issues'

9 April 2016, 08:22

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The circumstances surrounding schoolboy Bailey Gwynne's death will be examined to discover if there are "wider issues for the whole of Scotland''.

he 16-year-old was fatally stabbed at Cults Academy in Aberdeen on October 28 last year.

His killer, a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, was locked up for nine years earlier this month after being found guilty of culpable homicide and carrying weapons.

Following the verdict Aberdeen City Council, Police Scotland and NHS Grampian commissioned an independent review into the schoolboy's death to identify any lessons that can be learned.

The terms of reference for the review were set on Friday and include establishing the relationship between Bailey and the boy who killed him, prior to the stabbing.

The review will identify any necessary changes and developments needed within the current youth justice system in Aberdeen and share the report with the Scottish Government to determine if there are "wider issues for the whole of Scotland''.

It will also develop a detailed timeline showing the historical involvement with the killer by the NHS, Aberdeen City Council and Police Scotland and to review information sharing between agencies.

Looking at whether the educational, pastoral, health and social care services provided were "proportionate to the assessment of risk'' and establishing what lessons can be learned from the case about how local practitioners and organisations work to ``safeguard and promote the welfare of children'' are also included in the scope of the review.

The review will produce a report and recommendations for consideration by the Chief Officers Group, which commissioned the review, and comprises Aberdeen City Council chief executive Angela Scott, NHS Grampian chief executive Malcolm Wright and Police Scotland's North East Divisional Commander Campbell Thomson.

Andrew Lowe, the independent chair of child and adult protection for Renfrewshire, will lead the review and the outcome is expected to be published in September.

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