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RIKKI NEAVE'S MOTHER BLAMES COUNCIL

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The mother of Rikki Neave who was found strangled near his home after she had neglected him for years, has blamed s...
The mother of Rikki Neave who was found strangled near his home after she had neglected him for years, has blamed social workers for failing to answer her cries for help, reports the Times (p6).

Ms Neave issued as statement from prison where she is serving seven years for neglecting her children.

Cambridgeshire CC chief executive Gordon Lister said at a press conference yesterday: 'We have great sympathy with the family.'

The Guardian (p5) runs a full page on the Bridge report, claiming that a picture of 'chaos and missed opportunities amidst a squabbling team of social workers emerges from the report'.

Bob Lewis, president of the Association of Directors of Social Services said that although the Neave case was very serious, he did not think that the expense of a public inquiry could be justified.

'A public inquiry is going to cost a couple of million pounds,' he told the paper.

Debbie Lawson, Rikki's social worker at the time he died told the Guardian: 'The focus was on keeping children at home, but quite what was going on at home was never recognised.'

Cambridgeshire CC has three months to implement the report recommendations before the Social Services Inspectorate carries out a review of child protection policies.

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