Sunday, 18 September 2016
Disabled 3 year old left on bus for three hours
"An urgent investigation has been launched after a disabled three-year-old child was left alone on a bus at a depot for three hours."
"One senior councillor told The Courier it represented `a serious lapse in child protection procedures"."
"Leeland Connor, who attends the city’s Frances Wright Nursery, is autistic, epileptic and suffers from severe developmental delay."
"He was picked up from his home in Linlathen on a Dundee City Council-contracted bus at 12.10pm to be taken to nursery along with other pupils."
"After making the drop off, the bus then travelled to a depot in Morgan Street, with Leeland — who is non-verbal — still on it."
"He sat unattended until its return to the nursery to pick up the children at 3.30pm without anyone spotting him and apparently without his being reported as having failed to arrive at nursery."
"Dundee City Council said it was dealing with the incident as a `matter of urgency`, with the nursery’s head teacher having already met with parents Michelle Johnstone, 30, and Michael Connor, 27, to apologise."
"Labour’s education spokesman, Councillor Laurie Bidwell, said that an urgent investigation was well warranted..."
"`We need to know how it was that this child was left on the bus and how he was not missed when he did not turn up at the nursery`."
"`Clearly parents and carers and councillors, who are corporate parents, need to be reassured that such a serious lapse in child protection procedures will be avoided in the future`."