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Victoria Climbié, aged 8 years, died from hypothermia in her flat in Tottenham, north London, after suffering months of abuse and neglect. The woman believed to be her aunt, Marie Thérèse Kouao, and her boyfriend, Carl Manning, were both jailed for life for the girl's murder in January 2001. A public inquiry into her death began in September 2001, chaired by Lord Laming. This reported in 2003 (Department of Health) and suggested that there were at least 12 chances for the agencies involved in her protection to have saved her. The principal findings repeat those of previous fatal child abuse inquiries, highlighting problems with assessments, communications, skill-base and resources. Although these were familiar themes, the context was different too - including the impact of globalisation.