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Probe after teenager is killed in stabbing while in Town Hall care

Lance Scott Walker

Lance Scott Walker

Published: 6 January, 2017
by KOOS COUVÉE

THE case of a Holloway teenager fatally stabbed while in the care of the Town Hall is to be the subject of an internal social services review.

Lance Scott Walker, 18, was attacked in Hayes, west London, in August. 

He was found shirtless and bleeding on the pavement in residential Gledwood Gardens, where he had been placed in accommodation for youngsters in care. 

Despite the efforts of paramedics, he died at the scene. 

According to a report to be discussed at a meeting of Islington Council’s children’s services scrutiny committee on Tuesday, Ealing Adults Safeguarding Board is carrying out a review of the case. Ealing Council had also placed youngsters in the home where Lance lived at the time.

The report states: “Islington will be providing an Independent Management Report to this review which will focus both on the commissioning of the placement and the involvement with [Lance] during his period in the placement. 

“The timescale for this is currently to be confirmed but it is anticipated to be concluded early next year [2017].”

Idris Hassan, 18, of Hayes, has been charged with Lance’s murder. A trial at the Old Bailey is due to start on February 6.

An Islington Council spokesman said: “We cannot comment on this case due to there being an ongoing review, but all looked-after young people are placed in Islington when possible. 

“There are occasions when we use placements outside Islington, depending on availability and the needs of the young person.”

The safeguarding children annual report further notes that referrals to children’s social care are on the rise in Islington. 

This is related to “significant deprivation levels” in the borough and “increased awareness of the safeguarding needs of adolescents”. 

The increase is reflected across London.

Social workers are carrying out more assessments of children. 

More than half of the cases involve domestic abuse. Other factors are concerns about mental health and alcohol and substance misuse. 

The number of children in Islington’s care was 339 in September last year, down from 370 at the end of September 2015.

During 2016, 68 children were reported missing or absent from care at least once. 

There are roughly 35 children reported missing from home each month. Children who go missing are offered a “return home interview” from targeted youth services and in some cases a safety plan is established, the report states.

 

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