History of Victoria Climbie Inquiry - Child Abuse Problems

This is a history site about Victoria Climbié Inquiry.


  • 18 July 1956: Marie-Therese Kouao born in Bonoua, the Ivory Coast.

  • 31 October 1972: Carl Manning born.

  • 2 November 1991: Adjo Victoria Climbié born near Abidjan, the Ivory Coast

  • 24 December 1991: Anna Kouao born in the Ivory Coast. It was her identity that was transferred to Victoria in order to get the latter into France on a false passport.

  • Autumn 1998: Kouao brings Victoria to Paris from the Ivory Coast.

  • 24 April 1999: Kouao and Victoria travel to London from Paris on a British Midland flight.

  • 10 June 1999: Kouao meets bus driver Carl Manning for the first time as a passenger on his bus. Kouao later says they had met before in France, which Manning denies.

  • Early July 1999: Kouao and Victoria move into Manning's flat in Tottenham, north London.

  • 14 July 1999: Victoria taken to the Barnaby Bear ward at the Central Middlesex hospital by Avril Cameron, the daughter of Victoria's childminder Priscilla Cameron, with suspected non-accidental injuries. She was later diagnosed as having scabies.

  • 15 July 1999: Victoria released from hospital back into the care of Kouao.

  • 24 July 1999: Victoria taken into North Middlesex hospital accident and emergency department with scalding to her head and face. Staff suspect she has suffered non-accidental injuries.

  • 6 August 1999: Victoria discharged from North Middlesex hospital and collected by Kouao.

  • October 1999-January 2000: Victoria placed in the bath at Manning's flat every night, as stated by Manning in the criminal trial into Victoria's death.

  • 1 November 1999: Kouao claims Victoria has been sexually abused by Manning. She reports this to Haringey social services, then retracts the allegation the next day.

  • 24 February 2000: Victoria is admitted to casualty at North Middlesex hospital, then moved to St Mary's hospital, Paddington, west London.

  • 25 February 2000: Victoria declared dead at 3.15pm in the intensive care unit at St Mary's, with 128 separate injuries to her body.

  • January 2001: Kouao and Manning convicted of murder and child cruelty. Both sentenced to life imprisonment.

Child abuse and getting help

The thought of contacting the police can be quite a challenge for a lot of children, especially if your only contact is through watching 'the bill'.Officers are trained to help and advise you. You can speak to the police for advice only. Having an officer call to your house doesn't mean you have to record details etc.

If anyone hits you then you are quite within your rights to inform the police and make a complaint against the person who is responsible for child abuse. You won't be wasting police time!

  • The police are there to stop violence and the sooner they are told the sooner the children abuse matter can hopefully be stopped.
  • The police will act accordingly depending on the level of assault.
  • The police will (or should) explain the procedure if you want to make a complaint.
  • If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, you understand all too well how difficult it is to deal with child abuse it on your own. In most cases, it’s nearly impossible to get well without some kind of help.

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