Amber Peat: Blamed Herself for Family Issues.
A 13-year-old girl who was found hanged blamed herself for problems at home, a serious case review says.
Amber Peat was found in a hedgerow in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on 2 June 2015, three days after going missing from home following a row about chores.
Despite concerns for her “emotional well-being”, Amber’s death could not have been predicted, the review said.
It said Amber and her sister had witnessed domestic violence between their mother and biological father.
Her mother then married someone who suffered recurrent mental health problems, and Amber told a GP she blamed herself for his “bad moods”.
The report said a view shared by Amber with one GP that she was causing problems within the family “appears to have been the dominant narrative throughout this case”.
The review, commissioned by Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board, also pointed out: “There is extensive research evidence that demonstrates the impact of parental mental health problems on children.”
At an inquest last month a coroner recorded a narrative conclusion and said agencies had missed 11 opportunities which may have prevented Amber’s death.