Failures to Protect Individuals from Abuse: Unsafe Practices

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Leanne Cheetham –Unit 204
Task B Research and Account
I will identify two reports on serious failures to protect individuals from abuse. I will write an account that describes the unsafe practices used. Ian Huntley
On the 4th August 2002 holly wells and Jessica Chapman went to the shop to buy some sweets. The girls passed the home of Ian Huntley who called them into the house and where he then sexually assaulted and murdered them. Ian Huntley was the caretaker at the girl’s school at the time. This is under serious questioning as to how he got this job with all his previous history of allegations. I feel that holly and Jessica were let down by a number of professionals that could have done more at grass roots level that could have prevented the terrible outcome for the girls. A series of allegations that sohom killer Ian Huntley was having sex with under aged girls, should have rung significant warning bells for social workers, police and teachers years ago. There had been 7 allegations and possibly a further 4 cases of vulnerable young woman involved in Ian Huntley that were failed by those who should have been helping to protect them. In retrospect Ian Huntley’s history of serial sexual exploitation should have been flagged up but the connections were not made. Police intelligence systems failed to see some of the connections that could have been made to identify a pattern in Ian Huntley’s behaviour were missed. Ian Huntley applied for caretakers job as Ian Nixon although his application form stated that he was once known as Ian Huntley. It is believed that the police did not check under the name of Ian Huntley on the police computer. If they had then they would have discovered a burglary charge left on file. Social services dealing with the double murder displayed short- comings and inconsistencies in how agencies shared information about his conduct. A report into social services showed, that at the time the local social services department was short...
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