Bailey Gwynne: Chairman appointed for inquiry into teen’s death

Bailey Gwynne

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A MAN with a lengthy career in social work has been appointed to lead the independent review into the circumstances surrounding the death of school boy Bailey Gwynne.

The multi-agency review was announced following the tragic death at Cults Academy in October 2015, and the conclusion of the trial in the High Court in Aberdeen on Monday where a fellow pupil was convicted of culpable homicide.

Andrew Lowe, who has been appointed chairman for the review in the death of Bailey

Andrew Lowe, who has been appointed chairman for the review in the death of Bailey

Andrew Lowe will head up the multi-agency inquiry announced by Aberdeen City Council on Monday following the conviction of the 16-year-old’s killer.

Bailey died after being stabbed through the heart at Cults Academy on 28 October last year.

The killer, who is also 16 and cannot be identified, was charged with murder but found guilty of the reduced charge of culpable homicide at the city’s High Court.

Immediately after the verdict, the local authority launched the review to “identify any lessons that can be learnt to inform future practice”.

Police Scotland, the Children’s Reporter and NHS Grampian will also be involved in the review, which is expected to report its findings in about six months’ time.

The city council said: “Andrew Lowe has today been appointed as the independent reviewer to lead the independent multi-agency review into the circumstances surrounding the death of Bailey Gwynne.

“The outcomes of the review will be published in September 2016 and will also be shared with all appropriate agencies.”

Mr Lowe is the independent chair of child and adult protection for Renfrewshire and the chair of the Glasgow Public Social Partnership for Learning Disability.

Originally trained in law, he came to Scotland in 1974, where he began his social work career in Fife.

He moved to England in 1982, where he went on to become area director for Rushcliffe and was involved in managing the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Mr Lowe has also worked as the assistant director of adult services at Nottingham City Council and as the director of social work for Scottish Borders Council.

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