CHILD protection chiefs have launched their own major investigation into Plymouth's child care provision after a nursery worker in the city appeared in court.
The Plymouth Safeguarding Children's Board met yesterday after the allegations made against Vanessa George, who worked at Little Ted's nursery in the Laira area.
A serious case review normally only carried out after the death of a child will be carried out by the board, which admitted the case was "unprecedented" in its experience.
The review will run alongside the police investigation and is expected to take between four and six months to complete.
Members of the board, which includes Plymouth City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Cornwall Probation, NHS Plymouth, CAFCASS and the NSPCC, took part in an "extraordinary meeting" to discuss the issues surrounding the investigation of the 39-year-old nursery worker.
George appeared before Plymouth magistrates on Thursday on a number of charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse of children and infants, as well as possessing, distributing and taking indecent images of children.
She was remanded in custody until September 21.
At a press conference after the board's meeting, Bronwen Lacey, director of services for children and young people at Plymouth City Council, said the circumstances board members found themselves in was "unprecedented in our experience".