EVERY time a case where a child has been failed by the professionals who were supposed to protect him or her emerges, it prompts questions about how this abuse and neglect could go on.
When a child is let down by those closest to them we need to know that the authorities are there to pick up the pieces and intervene soon enough to put their life back on track.
We all have a responsibility to get better at spotting the early warning signs and acting accordingly.
In Southampton the report released last week into the death of seven-year-old Blake Fowler has prompted such conversations to take place.
There have been a number of reports into tragic cases of abuse and exploitation of children released over recent months.
Many lives have been damaged by these terrible acts, not just those of the young victims but families and communities too.
As wounds begin to heal, the scale and degree of such vile crimes has given everyone with responsibility for keeping children safe cause to reflect.
Any case that raises questions about child abuse and neglect will prompt discussion about what could have been done differently.
Councils will do everything in their power to ensure nothing like it ever happens again.