Statement following Neil Foden sentencing

Rocio Cifuentes MBE said:

“We must not allow these harrowing experiences to pass without learning lessons to better safeguard children in the future. 

“I have met with senior officials from the local authority and am scheduled to meet with the Chair of the Safeguarding board imminently. My immediate concerns as Children’s Commissioner are making sure that the next steps being taken by the safeguarding board are as strong and thorough as possible. I want to be assured that the scope of the Child Practice Review’s remit is sufficient to enable us to identify these lessons. Until I am reassured of this, I am keeping all available options open.”