Sheriff Anderson’s determination following a fatal accident inquiry into the deaths of Niamh Lafferty and Georgia Rowe was published today. You can access the determination here. The girls committed suicide whilst in residential care and the determination makes several recommendations. There is no doubt that this was a tragic case for everyone concerned. Sheriff Anderson highlights the need for the need “for a ‘stand alone’ risk assessment in documentary form for each young person in the care of a residential institution with separate consideration given to the issues of ‘self-harm’ and ‘suicide'” and good communication between those responsible for day to day care decisions. A very sad case.
On May 1, 2012