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Shafilea - life has changed since
7:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
WEDNESDAY will mark 10 years since Great Sankey school girl Shafilea Ahmed was murdered by her parents for wanting to live a western lifestyle.
The 17-year-old was so desperate to escape an arranged marriage she drank bleach, during what was supposed to be a family holiday in Pakistan, and was treated at Warrington Hospital.
A decade on and the safeguarding team at the Lovely Lane hospital have said her case would be treated a lot differently.
Diane Gonclaves, vulnerable adults matron, said: “There’s raised awareness since then, a massive amount of training and monitoring staff to make them more aware and up to the age of 18 patients would now go on the children’s ward.
“She missed appointments and we would like to think now they would be picked up on and it wouldn’t be accepted she had gone on holiday if it’s an essential health appointment because she needs this treatment.
“Anybody employed in the trust has been trained that if something happens and it doesn’t ring true they need to speak to safeguarding to query the mechanism of the injury.”
Shafilea’s case was described as a ‘hard lesson’ and is now being used as an example to make staff more aware.
Diane added: “In the past if there was a concern the practitioner often didn’t have the chance to follow it up and it would get lost in the system.
“Now there’s more of a safety net to stop cases slipping through.”
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