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Recommendations 'in place after baby Callum's death'

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead explained in a statement the recommendations set out in the review into the death of baby Callum Wilson have now been implemented.

The report sets out very clearly the involvement of each of the professional agencies and also a list of recommendations to ensure that improvements are made.

All of these recommendations have been implemented for some time by each of the agencies as a result of our individual and collective reviews of how we responded to the demands of this deeply distressing case.

Changes have been made to strengthen our policies and procedures, for example formal reporting of bruising in very young children and a new policy on concealed pregnancies.

In the years since Callum's death we have continued to strengthen our procedures beyond the recommendations of the report as we work in partnership to protect children.

We can never guarantee the total safely of every child who comes into our care or seeks our help. However, we can work to ensure that, as far as possible, the mistakes made in Callum's case will not be repeated and that staff are given all the necessary support, training and guidance to enable them to deliver the service that every child deserves.

– The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Mum was jailed for life for 11-month-old son's murder

Emma Wilson, 25, from Windsor, was jailed for life in January after causing "catastrophic injuries" to her 11-month-old son Callum.

Wilson was responsible for inflicting an unsurvivable brain injury on the boy which resulted in blindness, multiple fractures and eventually death on March 18, 2011 when the child was taken from his mother's flat to hospital in a ''collapsed state'', her trial heard.

Emma Wilson was jailed for a minimum of 14 years for the death of her 11-month-old baby son Callum. Credit: PA

Wilson claimed ''constant pushing and rolling'' by her 23-month-old son may have been to blame for his injuries, the Old Bailey trial was told

A jury unanimously found her guilty of murder in December last year, following a five-week trial. Wilson, who was said by Judge Stephen Kramer QC to have "displayed a total lack of emotion throughout trial," was sentenced to life in jail with a minimum of 14 years.


Armed Forces minister praises flood-aid soldiers

Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois said he was "proud" of the work done by soldiers helping a flood-hit community as they reinforce a dam protecting an electricity substation.

Around 20 troops from 7th Battalion The Rifles, known as 7 Rifles, were stacking up sandbags in submerged fields in Reading, Berkshire, where the River Kennet has burst its banks.

Villagers navigate floodwater in Venetian-style gondola

Some residents of the village of Datchet in Berkshire have been navigating the floodwater in a Venetian-style gondola:

'Only limited action could be taken' to save Wraysbury

The gold commander in the Surrey and east Berkshire area has said that there was not much that could have been done to save the village of Wraysbury.

Assistant Chief Constable John Campbell, of Thames Valley Police, said: "One of the unfortunate things about Wraysbury as a location is there are limited flood defences that can take effect around that location."

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that "at least 100 soldiers and military personnel" have now been deployed to the village.


Evacuations continue in flooded Berkshire village

Royal Berkshire Firefighters rescue Joy Levinson and her dog from her house in Wraysbury, Berkshire Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Royal Berkshire Firefighters to the rescue Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
RSPCA rescue residents in Wraysbury, Berkshire Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Large trailer loaded with sandbags arrives in Wraysbury

A large trailer carrying sandbags has arrived near the Berkshire village of Wraysbury.

Philip Hammond confronted by emotional flood warden

A flood warden in the village of Wraysbury has confronted Defence Secretary Philip Hammond on live TV to request more "manpower" to help with the crisis.

Su Burrows told him: "I'm sorry I am going to get emotional ... We have been working for 48 hours evacuating people, risking our lives, going into waters that would be over my head".

"What will it take for you to understand [that] we are seriously in need?" she asked him.

Live on Sky News, Ms Burrows said there were around 100 volunteers coordinating the rescue effort in the village, and "not one Environment Agency officer."

Initially taken aback by the warden's outburst, Mr Hammond said he was surprised that a team of solders and police had not delivered sandbags to the village yet. He offered to arrange a meeting with the local gold commander and Ms Burrows later today.

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