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Published 01/09/2022

This review focuses on chronic childhood neglect and parental substance misuse, which tragically led to the death of a seven year-old child following an asthma attack in November 2017. Three older children had previously been removed from the care of the mother due to drug misuse, poor home conditions and domestic abuse being an ongoing feature in the children’s lives. Throughout the child’s life there was sporadic multi-agency involvement with the family resulting in him and his older siblings previously having been made the subject of Child Protection Plans. The last Child Protection Plan for this child commenced two days prior to his death. In April 2022, the child’s mother was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence and four further counts of child cruelty and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.