This report on the death of a child at the hands of the carer with an SGO is striking. It highlights the way Councils, irrespective of Re B-S or Re B, have used and continue to use SGOs as a means to relieve themselves of their statutory responsibilities. There will be a number of SGO breakdowns in the future as the miss use of SGOs will come back to haunt LAs - but sadly not the courts that made them.
The report found Birmingham council had prioritised SGOs over adoption “irrespective of the circumstances of the child”. This was due to the impact of the Re B and Re B-S court cases, which were widely perceived to have raised the bar for adoption orders, it found.