FOI Request - Fatal Accident Inquiry Erskine Bridge

Request 101000355987

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I would be grateful if you could comply with the following request:

•  Please provide confirmation and evidence of whether the local authority has complied with each of the three recommendations of Sheriff Ruth Anderson QC in the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the deaths on Erskine Bridge (for further details please see: http://www.scotland-judiciary.org.uk/10/895/Fatal-Accident-Inquiry-into-the-deaths-on-Erskine-Bridge).

Response 07-07-2015

Q 1: Inherent within good practice, for all children allocated within ICS, LAC or not , we have procedures in place in terms of risk assessment from which a behaviour support plan is constructed and which is subject to review within core meetings/ LAC reviews/ CP Conferences.
Many team members have attended training on self harm and suicide delivered by corporate training section and others have attended assist training.
All staff within the new residential houses will be trained with the corporate input + assist training.

Q 2: The management protocol should set out the procedures to be implemented when a looked after and accommodation child is considered to be at risk of self-harm or suicide e.g. by making suicide ‘threats’, by expressing suicidal thoughts or by making preparations for suicide.  The protocol should cover inter alia the allocation of duties and responsibilities, effective methods of communication, within the establishment, liaison with other professionals and techniques for preventing contagion/spread of suicidal behaviour within the establishment.
As per RA.

Q 3:   We have commissioned SAY WOMEN and they have delivered Working with Self Harm, supporting survivors of sexual abuse who are experiencing self harm or self injury. They also did Sexual Abuse is not just a homeless issue. There is also the ASSIST training which is usually advertised through corporate.  Professionals working with looked after and accommodated children, either directly (e.g. in residential establishments) or indirectly (e.g. local general practitioners or employed in the local CAMHS team should have a sound understanding of the risk of self-harm and suicide among their clients and of appropriate interventions to mitigate that risk.  Appropriate training should be provided on starting employment in a residential centre and at regular intervals thereafter (as part of continuing professional development).

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