Kent county council allowed a single man in his 50s to privately foster a 14-year-old girl without carrying out the checks that would have revealed him to be a dangerous convicted paedophile, the Observer has learned.
The "tragic story" of the council's "deplorable breach of duty" has emerged from a high court judgment delivered behind closed doors last month, which has just been made public. The extraordinary case would have stayed secret had not the judge, Mr Justice Baker, decided in view of the "alarming matters" that emerged during the hearing to allow the "unusually extensive and troubling" wider issues it raises to be publicised.
The judge said the council had "manifestly failed to comply with its obligations under private fostering provisions."
My comment: No doubt nobody got the sack and the council will get away with it by offering the usual "lessons will be learnt but never are" crap. Good for the judge in making this public because most council mistakes are kept secret by family and similar courts.
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