Victoria Climbié and ContactPoint
There was no shortage of information about Victoria. There was a chronic lack of wisdom and judgement in interpreting the information that was already available.
Victoria’s case demonstrates just how difficult it can be to pick up on abuse. It would be far better to concentrate the limited resources available on retention of experienced child and family practitioners and on thorough investigation of children already known to social services, rather than flooding an over-stretched system with low-level data about every child (up to 50% of the child population) who might need services.