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CITY OF LONDON TO LOSE£5m THROUGH 'CONSTRUCTIVE VANDALISM'

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A couple is suing Solihull MBC and adoption agency Barnardo's for allegedly failing to tell them that the child the...
A couple is suing Solihull MBC and adoption agency Barnardo's for allegedly failing to tell them that the child they had adopted had been seriously abused, the Independent reports (p1).

The case is believed to be the first of its kind and will be the focus of a debate in social services about the best way to treat abused children, the paper says.

The boy, now aged 12, is back in council care after the couple found they were unable to handle his severe behavioural problems. It is thought unlikely he will be able to lead an independent life. The couple say had they known his history they would not have adopted him. Their ignorance meant that he was denied treatment which might have saved him, they argue.

The couple say they have seen Solihull reports which show it was known and recorded the child had been abused, but they were never told. Their main concern is to bring the issue to the attention of other families and social services departments, they say.
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