Jessica Blake's death will be reviewed by Safeguarding Children Board
A SAFEGUARDING children organisation plans to review circumstances that led up to the death of a Beverley teenager.
Jessica Blake, 14, disappeared from her home in Beverley and is believed to have taken her own life. Her body was found on the southern outskirts of the town on Sunday, August 26.
Police are compiling a report to the coroner so an inquest can be held.
Now, East Riding Safeguarding Children Board (ERSCB) is also considering what type of official review it should conduct.
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Reports from Jess's friends on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter suggested the 14-year-old Beverley High School pupil was being bullied.
The ERSCB is a statutory body, independent of East Riding Council, which strives to ensure children's safety.
Board chairman Bron Sanders said: "A Serious Case Review is usually conducted if a child dies in non-accidental circumstances.
"We have to decide if this qualifies as a Serious Case Review. We are looking at the case at the moment. We have to get the agencies around the table.
"If it does not meet the criteria for a Serious Case Review, we may conduct a management review."
Any such review would examine what, if anything, the authorities could or should have done differently that might have saved Jess's life.
Its actions would be independent from the findings of the inquest as well as separate from any police inquiry.
Humberside Police says its investigation is ongoing. No one has been arrested or charged and a file is being prepared for the coroner.
Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and local authority schools at East Riding Council, said concerns raised about bullying would be included in a report that will be submitted to the ERSCB.