CAFCASS; Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

{July 1, 2009}   Child protection failures

IN WHAT is virtually a carbon copy of previous damning reports into child protection failures by local authorities in the north-east, it is now Dundees turn to hang its head in shame.

Government inspectors have already delivered their shocking verdicts on poor child protection among public bodies based in Aberdeen and Moray. Dundee has received an almost identical report in the wake of the killing of toddler Brandon Muir.

A picture is emerging which shows the malaise has been spreading throughout social services and its partner agencies. Far from being isolated, the incompetence was endemic. Aberdeen moved swiftly to implement urgent reforms without ever really explaining how it got into such a mess in the first place.

All of these authorities have highly-paid professionals drawn from every strand of child protection and from the highest levels, yet they still failed to protect children at risk adequately.


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