Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Aunt wants social work chief to quit

The aunt of Brandon Muir today said she believed the tragic toddler would still be alive if Dundees child protection services had been working properly (writes David Clegg).
She also called for the citys head of social work to resign.
Dayna Garty was speaking in the wake of a report from Her Majestys Inspectorate of Education yesterday, which found major deficiencies in the citys Children and Young Persons Protection Committee.
She said her brother John Muir Brandons father had been left in shock over the disturbing findings of the inspection and demanded the resignations of senior social work figures.
It is very disturbing, she told the Tele.
I think it is actually worse than I first thought. It is unbelievable that so many aspects of the service came out as unsatisfactory.
I think there would be a really good chance that if the department was able to do its job properly that Brandon would be alive today.
They said they had grave concerns for him, but nothing was done.
Brandon was killed by Robert Cunningham the boyfriend of Brandons mother, Heather Boyd at the flat they shared in Douglas on March 16 last year.
It has since emerged that the neglected child may have been days from safety as social workers confirmed a case conference was due to take place that could have seen him removed from the care of his mother.
Following Cunninghams conviction for culpable homicide earlier this year the findings of the HMIE report which was already in the process of being compiled were brought forward.

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