Charlotte Davies (2007) acts for local authority in Article 2 Inquest into the death of 14-year-old who took his own life
Charlotte Davies (2007) represented Cornwall Council at two PIRHs and the five-day final hearing of the inquest into the death of a 14-year-old school boy (JD) who took his own life in September 2020.
14-year-old JD - who was known to social services and CAMHS - was subject to an Interim Care Order and in emergency foster care at the time of his death. He had repeatedly absconded from his foster placement and was known to police as a regular missing person.
No findings were made that anything the Council did or did not do in any way caused or contributed to JD's death, with the Coroner praising the support provided to him by the services around him, and noting that those involved in his care had gone "far beyond" what would usually be seen in such cases.
The Senior Coroner for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly returned a conclusion of suicide, with a short narrative that the delay by the police in regrading JD from a medium risk to high risk missing person did not contribute to his death.
Charlotte has appeared in numerous multi-day inquests representing all types of interested parties, including Article 2 and jury inquests. She has appeared in a number of inquests reported in the national press, including those involving Leading Counsel. She has particular experience at inquests involving young people taking their own lives.
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