It is tragic but true that many children in Britain suffer terrible abuse. Their rights cannot therefore be above scrutiny or above the law. The mistakes of social sevices departments are well- publicised, but social workers are invested with statutory powers, because a difficult and unpalatable problem exists.
Lynn Barber referred directly to the recent case in Essex, highlighted in the Spectator. However, the Department of Health has exonerated the social services department, saying social workers acted within the letter and spirit of the law.
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