THE death of an Oxford teenager at a care home was preventable, an inquiry has found.
Connor Sparrowhawk, of Wharton Road in Headington, died in July last year after being found submerged in a bath at Slade House in Horspath Driftway.
The 18-year-old, who had learning disabilities, autistic traits and epilepsy, had attended John Watson School, a special school in Wheatley.
Following his death, the owner of the facility – Southampton-based Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust – commissioned Verita to carry out an independent report.
The report found that the death was, in its words, "preventable".
It also found “two broad areas where the care and treatment of CS [Connor Sparrowhawk] had failed significantly: his epilepsy care and the overall care provided by the unit”.
Katrina Percy, the trust's chief executive, said: "I am deeply sorry that Connor died whilst in our care and that we failed to undertake the necessary action required to keep him safe."
According to the Care Quality Commission, Slade House requires improvement in a number of areas such as its standards of treating people with respect and its standards of caring for people safely.