Nor is it reasonable to assert that the social services department 'failed to read police statements' when the department has apparently said it 'never saw' these. Whatever may have happened to the written communication, it is surely more remarkable that the police failed to make personal contact with someone in social services following the serious knife incident.
As many expensive inquiries have shown, it is easy, with hindsight, to see exactly which child should be rescued, and when. But at the time, trying to balance quite legitimate, but competing, interests, and predict how circumstances will change and people will behave, the answers are never as obvious as Ms Macdonald would have us believe.
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