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INTERNAL NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SOCIAL SERVICES REPORT INTO CHILD'S DEATH

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The murder of a three year old girl could have been prevented if social workers had responded properly to reports f...
The murder of a three year old girl could have been prevented if social workers had responded properly to reports from relatives and neighbours, according to a confidential Nottinghamshire social services department report, the Guardian claims (p2).

The paper says that the report recommends 28 changes in the handling of child abuse allegations and is being considered by Nottinghamshire social services director David White who last week said he believed his department's action played no part in the murder of Leanne White.

The child suffered 107 external injuries and her mother's boyfriend was jailed for life and her mother has been convicted of manslaughter.

Nottingham social services committee vice chairman Derek Green is reported as saying the council was not saying there hadn't been some failings on its part but that the attack on Leanne took place in a 48 hour period and 'it is difficult to protect against that when you have no evidence.'

Mr Green is also reported as saying that the Children Act has made it more difficult to take children into care when there is a suspicion of abuse.
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