Mum still waiting for answers following death of Seren, 14

YET another Christmas has passed for a grieving Haverfordwest mother who is still waiting to find out what exactly happened to her daughter who died while under the care of Pembrokeshire County Council social services.

Seren Bernard died in April 2012, just one month before her 15th birthday. She had been discovered dead at Hakin Point, Milford Haven.

Since her sudden death Seren’s mother Sarah Pollock has been calling for answers as to how such a tragedy could have happened while in the care of the local authority.

She says the authorities "disregarded" her warnings that something like this would happen unless her daughter received the help and counselling she believed she needed.

Sarah maintains that her daughter was taken into care without her being given an explanation and she has been seeking the reasons behind that decision, as well as decisions made in the following two years prior to Seren’s death.

An inquest has yet to be held and reports HM Coroner for Pembrokeshire Mark Layton had requested by December 2012 have not been received.

“I’ve been trying to get answers from Pembrokeshire County Council but not getting any at all. The deadline laid out by the coroner was last December. What has he done in his power to make sure Pembrokeshire County Council are doing their work?” said Sarah.

Sarah said she has been contacting the council repeatedly and despite a number of meetings she was yet to find the answers she needs nor have sight of any reports into her daughter’s death.

“All I wish for is truth and transparency. Nothing is going to bring Seren back and unless everything is recognised and all avenues explored nothing will change at the council. I’m anxious about how long it’s all taking,” added Sarah.

Coroner, Mr Layton, said he was unable to comment on individual cases.

A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council said: “We are currently in communication with the Coroner in order to arrange the release of a report to him. It would therefore be inappropriate to comment further at this point.”

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2:19pm Wed 8 Jan 14

teifion says...

Come on PCC You have shown you are inept and the folks at the top are greedy BUT For Heavens sake pull your finger out and help a grieving mother find some closure PLEASE
Come on PCC You have shown you are inept and the folks at the top are greedy BUT For Heavens sake pull your finger out and help a grieving mother find some closure PLEASE teifion
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4:46pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Rockface says...

Surely a Serious Case Review should take around six months to complete and written by someone independent! This is outrageous as well as incompetent. A mother who has been grieving all this time is still not getting answers? What support, I wonder is our Corporate Parents putting in place for this mother and her family? In light of the recent death of a young boy it seems lessons have not been learned. Are our children safe to be in care in Pembrokeshire?

The mother rightly comments on the powers that the Coroner has, and yet he has not directed his powers effectively. As above is should take around six months for an inquest to take place… so why hasn't the coroner carried this out? I would question his conduct on this matter.
Surely a Serious Case Review should take around six months to complete and written by someone independent! This is outrageous as well as incompetent. A mother who has been grieving all this time is still not getting answers? What support, I wonder is our Corporate Parents putting in place for this mother and her family? In light of the recent death of a young boy it seems lessons have not been learned. Are our children safe to be in care in Pembrokeshire? The mother rightly comments on the powers that the Coroner has, and yet he has not directed his powers effectively. As above is should take around six months for an inquest to take place… so why hasn't the coroner carried this out? I would question his conduct on this matter. Rockface
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6:18pm Wed 8 Jan 14

teifion says...

teifion wrote:
Come on PCC You have shown you are inept and the folks at the top are greedy BUT For Heavens sake pull your finger out and help a grieving mother find some closure PLEASE
Being voted down by someone, will you explain why you don't want this poor woman helped?
[quote][p][bold]teifion[/bold] wrote: Come on PCC You have shown you are inept and the folks at the top are greedy BUT For Heavens sake pull your finger out and help a grieving mother find some closure PLEASE[/p][/quote]Being voted down by someone, will you explain why you don't want this poor woman helped? teifion
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