UK: Three social workers suspended over abuser placed with children

London Times >> 18th May 2009

Three social workers were suspended today after a youth with a history of sexual offences was placed in a home with two young children.

The parents were not told of the teenagers’ troubled history and only discovered that he had been carrying out repeated sexual assaults on their two-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter months later.

The 19-year-old was jailed indefinitely earlier this year after admitting raping the boy and sexually assaulting the girl.

Vale of Glamorgan Council in South Wales today apologised “unreservedly” to the family for placing him with them.

An investigation overseen by the NSPCC found that social workers had been aware of his history but the information was not passed on when he became an adult. He spent several months living with the family under an adult placement scheme after becoming homeless.

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