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Multi-Agency review into Cults Academy death: Joint statement

07/03/16

Following the tragic death at Cults Academy in October 2015 and the conclusion of the trial in the High Court in Aberdeen today (7 March 2016), the principal public agencies with an interest in the issues raised by the case announce their intention to commission an independent review.

Given the issues raised by the case the agencies together wish to identify any lessons that can be learnt to inform future practice.

In the immediate aftermath the multi-agency partnership's priority was the care and support of those impacted by the incident.

The intention to conduct an independent review was discussed shortly afterwards but now that the trial has concluded it is appropriate to proceed.

The review will be chaired by an independent expert who will also help shape the reporting timescale and terms of reference.

The outcomes of the review will be published and will be shared with all appropriate agencies.

Background Information:

1.The independent review has been commissioned by members of the Aberdeen City Chief Officers group comprising Angela Scott, Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council, Malcolm Wright, Chief Executive of NHS Grampian and Campbell Thomson, Police Scotland's North East Divisional Commander;

2.Other agencies will be invited to contribute as required and will include a representative from the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA);

3.Once the chair has been announced they will then work with the principal agencies to agree the terms of reference and a timescale for publication of the review.