So­cial worker ad­mits child ne­glect

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A SO­CIAL worker who ex­posed her own chil­dren to ‘squalid con­di­tions over a num­ber of years’ has ad­mit­ted child ne­glect.

The woman, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, was sen­tenced to 18 weeks in prison, sus­pended for two years, af­ter plead­ing guilty to two charges of caus­ing a child to be ill treated, ne­glected, aban­doned or ex­pose in a man­ner likely to cause him nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing or in­jury to health.

Mag­is­trates in Mac­cles­field also handed the woman a su­per­vi­sion or­der for two years with re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment for 30 days, and or­dered her to com­plete 150 hours un­paid work for the ‘po­ten­tial psy­cho­log­i­cal harm’ she caused to the chil­dren.

In court doc­u­ments it recorded the rea­son for the sen­tence was be­cause of the length of time that the of­fences oc­curred over and the ‘po­ten­tial psy­cho­log­i­cal harm caused to the chil­dren by the ex­po­sure to squalid con­di­tions over a num­ber of years.’

A spokesman for the Health and Care Pro­fes­sions Coun­cil said: “We are aware of con­cerns and are look­ing into what ac­tion, if any, we need to take.

“We have a duty of con­fi­den­tial­ity to all par­ties in­volved and it would not be ap­pro­pri­ate for us to com­ment fur­ther.”

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