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Lessons Learned from the Victoria Climbié Inquiry

June 2003

The case of Victoria Climbié, the eight-year-old girl brought to England for a better life who died after suffering neglect and cruelty at the hands of her great aunt and her great-aunt’s boyfriend in London, raised serious concern throughout the UK and prompted a major public Inquiry.

The question still being asked is how those agencies who should have been concerned for her welfare could have let her slip through their net, even when she was brought to their attention.

An inter-professional workshop at the University of Leicester School of Social Work on June 19 and 20 will be discussing the current situation and considering lessons learned from the Inquiry.

The workshop is aimed at managers, practitioners, trainers and policy officers in health, social work, social care, police, education, housing, voluntary and independent organisations. Sessions include how agencies work together, protection within the health system, working with hostility and dishonesty, interpreting minor injuries, leadership and accountability, working with asylum seekers and travelling families, and investigating crimes against young people.

Event organiser, Diana Bourn, Course Director for the Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision and Mentorship (Child Care) by Distance Learning at the University of Leicester School of Social Work commented: “Repercussions from the case of Victoria Climbié are still being felt throughout the country. This workshop will draw together people from all the agencies concerned in safe-guarding and promoting child welfare, and we anticipate it will help them to continue to work together effectively and avoid a similar tragedy happening in this region.”

The Inter-Professional Workshop, Moving on from the Victoria Climbié Inquiry, will take place on Thursday, June 19, and Friday, June 20, 2003 at the University of Leicester. Further information is available from Christina Cazalet, University of Leicester School of Social Work, tel 0116 252 3772, fax 0116 252 3748, email

Note to Editors: 

More details are available from Christina Cazalet, University of Leicester School of Social Work, tel 0116 252 3722, fax 0116 252 3748, email or from Diana Bourn, 0116 252 5762, fax 0116 252 3748, email The workshop takes place at Beaumont Hall, Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, Leicester on June 19 and 20, 9am - 4.30pm on both days.

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