Charity says Portsmouth baby death highlights importance of organisations communicating

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THE death of a baby highlights the importance of all agencies communicating, a charity has said.

The NSPCC welcomed the review into infant Jake Long who was killed when he was 19 days old by his mother Nicola Brown, from Portsmouth, in December 2014.

As reported, a serious case review found information about his parents, including details of alleged domestic abuse, were not widely shared between agencies.

An NSPCC spokeswoman said: ‘It is clear from the review that Jake was at increased risk of harm due to mental ill health, substance abuse and domestic abuse.

‘Yet despite several agencies working with the family, some of this vital information was not always shared appropriately. As a result, there was a disturbing lack of clarity around the risks posed.

‘While it is pleasing to see many of the recommendations acted upon, this case highlights the importance of agencies communicating with one another every step of the way.’