Monday, 22 August 2016
Fife social worker accused of bungling 16 children`s cases
"A SOCIAL worker involved with Liam Fee and Mikaeel Kular in the months before they died has been accused of bungling the cases of 16 children."
"Lesley Bate was part of the Fife social work team responsible for the little boys` welfare shortly before both were killed by their parents."
"Liam, two, was murdered by his mother Rachel and her sadistic civil partner Nyomi while three-year-old Mikaeel died two days after being beaten by his mother Rosdeep Adekoya."
"Bate, 60, faces 13 charges of failing to properly handle the cases of 16 children aged from one to 15."
"The charges relate to the period between December 2011 and August 2014, when she was employed by Fife Council in the child protection team in Glenrothes and the children and families team in Dunfermline as a social worker."
"One of the charges claims Bate failed to follow up concerns raised by a childminder about a one-year-old- boy, labelled FF."
"It alleges that despite the carer raising concerns on January 15, 2013, `regarding bruising to the face` of the baby - and the next month that `he had a sore neck` - Bate did not act."
"During the Liam murder trial, childminder Heather Farmer told the court she contacted the Scottish Childminding Association in January 2013 after he turned up with scratches and bruises to his face."
"In a separate incident, she raised concerns about the toddler`s neck after he was dropped off at her home on February 18, 2013."
"The charges against Bate also include failing to properly assess sex abuse claims involving a girl aged three and allegedly staying for tea at the family home of a vulnerable child."
"She is accused of not minimising the risk of harm to children, not maintaining accurate records and disobeying management instructions."
"On another occasion she allegedly left confidential paperwork in the street..."
"The news was revealed by a Fife Council whistleblower, who highlighted details of the authority`s controversial handling of Liam`s care."
"Senior social workers claimed at his trial that the tot inexplicably `fell off the radar` but insiders said Liam was still under the care of Fife Council`s Glenrothes social work team."
Child protection is supposed to be based on teamwork. It looks like management is getting off lightly here.