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FULL REPORT: Violent mum was allowed to keep newborn twins

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 04, 2013

  • Children's services chief Debbie Barnes

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Council bosses have apologised after a seven-week-old twin girl suffered brain damage after being left to live with her violent mother.

The tot was allowed to live with her parents even though social services knew her mum had previously been jailed for hurting a child. They were also aware she had already had four children taken away from her.

Now care services have apologised for the “single error of judgement” by the family’s social worker. And a damning report has criticised a string of other agencies for not challenging her decision robustly.

Debbie Barnes, director of children’s services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I offer my personal apology to residents of Lincolnshire in relation to our failings in this particular case.”

The little girl’s injuries were discovered when she was taken to hospital in May 2011. Her twin brother was also found to have a fractured collar bone.

In the same month, a meeting of Lincolnshire’s Safeguarding Board launched a review into the case. This resulted in a report, a final draft of which has now been made public.

It says both children were the subject of child protection plans before they were born. It also reveals their mother, who cannot be identified, was jailed for two years in 2005 for wilful corneglect and grievous bodily harm to a child.

Social Services say disciplinary action has been taken but no staff have been sacked.

Following the incident, a criminal prosecution began but those charged were acquitted in May 2013.

See the full report below

Executive Summary Final June 2013 by Alex Colman

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