Information-sharing failures revealed

    The school and the youth offending team attended by a 15-year-old
    boy who killed his classmate failed to share information about his
    self-harming and aggressive behaviour, a serious case review has
    found.

    Alan Pennell, now 16, was jailed for life after stabbing Luke
    Walmsley, 14, at Birkbeck School, Lincolnshire, in March
    2003.

    In a review published last week, Lincolnshire area child protection
    committee found that the school was aware that Pennell had been
    self-harming but he was not seen by a school nurse.

    The review said: “If the self-harming had been brought to the
    attention of the school nurse, she could have managed the
    case.”

    A youth offending team that saw Pennell after he assaulted a pupil
    in 2003 was aware of his self-harming but failed to refer him to a
    health worker, the review found, which rapped the YOT for failing
    to liaise with the school. But the ACPC concluded that the stabbing
    of Walmsley could not have been prevented.

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