How is it that the heads of the council children’s services departments were allowed to quietly resign after the murders of Baby Arthur and Baby Star?
You will probably remember in the shocking Arthur case – his father’s partner got 29 years for the little lad’s murder - that Louise Rees put in her resignation at Solihull council weeks shortly after the six-year-old was killed.
Now exactly the same thing has happened in the equally shocking baby Star case.
Just five days before the trial was to start of the appalling woman who killed the 16-month-old (she was a gay pub bouncer from a gypsy family), Mark Douglas, Bradford’s head of Children’s Services, was allowed to quit his £121,000-a-year job.
I didn’t care for Boris Johnson’s response to the Star murder. This is what he said; ‘’We must protect children from these barbaric crimes and ensure lessons are learnt.’’
What a load of bollocks. Lessons are never learned. He should have said that no Children’s Services boss will be allowed to step down when there is a big case on.
The reason, by and large, that they head for the door is that an inquiry may find them culpable in some way and on that basis they could face some kind of financial sanction.
I want these people, on their decent salaries to face the music, when something has gone seriously wrong in their departments.
It should be included in their contracts.
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