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EXCLUSIVE: Autistic boy housed with dangerous sex offender

Leaked report lists catalogue of failings

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SOCIAL workers took a vulnerable, homeless child and placed him with a dangerous sex offender, a shock report has revealed.

When the boy’s appalled mother complained, a West Berkshire Council computer system, which was supposed to prevent such a debacle, apparently failed.

Only when police confirmed the man was banned from contact with minors did council officials hurriedly remove the child from his home.

The astonishing failing by West Berkshire Children’s Service (WBCS) was just one in a catalogue of blunders highlighted by an independent investigation into its treatment of the autistic boy, identified only as ‘Z’.

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  • Hammerthebookie

    01/05/2017 - 08:08

    My heart goes out to all parents who child or children are under the control of West Berks Children's Services. I am pleased that this has come to light , because everything involving Family courts are more like the secret services. If its one thing that comes out of Brexit it should allow the opening to the public & press of the Family Courts. What parents have to endure is beyond belief. They are accused of neglect & this story is way beyond neglect by West Berks Children's services.

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  • not good reporting

    29/04/2017 - 21:09

    If the Autistic Boy was homeless. Why did 'the boys appalled Mother' complain? Why was he homeless? This article is badly written, with what appears to be lack of information to relay 'the facts'. Very sad and inept reporting.

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  • Ihavenonickname

    28/04/2017 - 13:01

    Just how many more major safeguarding errors are we going to hear about from ailing WBC and Social Services? Is it just incompetence or is there a major funding crisis behind these mistakes? I thought our MP had suddenly had a Damascen Conversion on mental health issues.

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    • DonCossack

      29/04/2017 - 00:12

      Just how many more times are you going to post the same comment? Surely more than the blunders of the ailing WBC

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  • Ihavenonickname

    28/04/2017 - 13:01

    Just how many more major safeguarding errors are we going to hear about from ailing WBC and Social Services? Is it just incompetence or is there a major funding crisis behind these mistakes? I thought our MP had suddenly had a Damascen Conversion on mental health issues.

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