A light shone in a dark place

As a former parish minister deeply involved in family life I have long been concerned with the methods used by police and social workers when interviewing children.

I heartily agree with Sheriff Neil Morrison that there are “serious and systemic problems” of malpractice to be found throughout the whole child protection service.

In a bitter child custody case in which a man had been denied access to his daughter, the sheriff dismissed outright the wife’s claims he had abused the child.

He found almost all the rules of the Child Health Protocol had been broken with the girl having been subjected to a catalogue of leading and inappropriate questions.

The sheriff rightly called for the removal of the social workers and police officers involved in this disturbing case, saying it was worse that the 1991 Orkney fiasco.


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