Bailey inquiry spells out plan of action

Andrew Lowe, who will lead the independent review in the Bailiey Gwynne case.
Andrew Lowe, who will lead the independent review in the Bailiey Gwynne case.

The inquiry into the death of schoolboy Bailey Gwynne will have a six-point plan of action.

An independent review, to be led by Andrew Lowe, was commissioned by Aberdeen City Council, NHS Grampian and Police Scotland.

The terms of the inquiry, announced a week after a 16-year-old boy was detained for nine years for killing the Cults Academy pupil and carrying weapons, will include establishing the relationship between Bailey, 16, and his killer prior to the stabbing.

It will develop a detailed timeline showing the historical involvement of the health authority, council and police with the killer and pinpoint whether the educational pastoral, health and social care services provided were proportionate to the assessment of risk.

The review will also establish what lessons can be learned from the case and identify any necessary changes and developments needed within Aberdeen’s current youth justice system.

The published report will be shared with the Scottish Government to determine if there are “wider issues for the whole of Scotland.”

As part of the inquiry, Mr Lowe will have access to case files and docomentation he deems necessary from the council, NHS Grampian. Police Scotland and the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration.

Bailey’s killer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty at the High Court in Aberdeen last month of culpable homicide.

The report is due to be published in September.