Southern Health admits that it breached Connor Sparrowhawk’s human rights and that it caused his death


Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has accepted full responsibility for the death of Connor Sparrowhawk and has admitted that it was negligent and violated both Connor's and his family's human rights. The Trust has now published a statement confirming that it accepts:

  • A number of failings in Connor's care including failures in training of staff, in risk assessment, in bathing arrangements and in communicating with Connor's family.
  • That the Trust failed to take all reasonable steps to locate all relevant evidence and to disclose this to the Coroner and Connor's family.
  • The findings of the jury on 16 October 2015 and the conclusions of the Verita report  in February 2014.
  • That it was negligent.
  • That it has breached Connor's and his family's human rights under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which is the right to life.


The Trust has agreed to publish the statement on the front page of its website for four weeks and an easy read version will be made available.


A joint press release issued by Bindmans LLP and INQUEST is available here.


Connor’s family is represented by INQUEST Lawyers’ Group members Charlotte Haworth Hird of Bindmans LLP, and counsel Caoilfhionn Gallagher of Doughty Street Chambers and Paul Bowen QC of Brick Court Chambers.


More information about the #JusticeforLB campaign is available here.

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