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ABERDEEN TAKES ON BOARD SOCIAL WORK REPORT'S CRITICISMS

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An independent report criticises Aberdeen City Council's social work department for failing to supervise a paedophi...
An independent report criticises Aberdeen City Council's social work department for failing to supervise a paedophile who went on to murder a boy, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Director of social work Peter Cassidy, who commissioned the report, told Today the council had taken on board all the points made in the report.

'I have introduced over 30 action points to make sure that everything we can be doing is being done', Mr Cassidy said. One such step will be to have two social workers, instead of one, assigned to paedophile cases.

Scottish Office minister Henry McLeish told the programme he would be getting in touch with every local authority social work department in Scotland to ensure the lessons are learned. 'The key issue is national standards. As a government we're laying down national standards in relation to sex offenders', he said. 'It is about the quality of supervision'.
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