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Tragic Becky's voice was not heard

 

A REPORT into the murder of St George teenager Becky Watts has told agencies to ensure that “a child’s voice is heard” in future.

 

Becky, who was 16, was murdered in 2015 at her home in Crown Hill by her step-brother Nathan Matthews, in a sexually-motivated killing assisted by his girlfriend Shauna Hoare.

 

A Domestic Homicide Review, carried out by the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership to learn lessons from what happened, found that seven agencies had contact with Becky and her family in the four years before she died, eight had been involved with Matthews and ten with Hoare.

The report found that Becky had been in contact with various services – including the Family Intervention and Support Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Bristol Hospital Education Service, Bristol City Council Early Help service, Creative Youth Network and Action for Children – since the age of 13, in 2011, when her step-mother contacted Children’s Social Care due to concerns over her non-attendance at school and behaviour at home.

 

But the agencies placed “an emphasis on the voices of the adults around Becky”, rather than talking to her directly – and at one point she said told CAMHS that “no adults listen to her”.

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