Multi-Agency Case Review – Rachel
This multi-agency review seeks to learn from the tragic death of Rachel who took her life in January 2017. It also makes recommendations to the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board and its partners to seek to improve responses to children and young people’s mental health, self-harm and suicide.
Rachel was 16 years and 3 months when she died. Her family, school and local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) had been concerned about her well-being for some time; including a risk of self-harm, suicidal ideation and acts. She had also become known to her GP, the local Emergency Department, the London Ambulance Service, the Police and Children’s Social Care. Rachel lived with her mother and younger sister. She had frequent contact with and support from her father and his partner.
The wider maternal family, including Rachel’s uncle, aunt and grandparents, also provided regular direct care and support. The family is White British, of professional background. Rachel attended a local secondary school where she progressed well and was seen to be bright and academically able; she was predicted to do well. She was also involved in local youth activities, in sports, in politics, and she played music. She had a close group of friends at school.