Nine social services workers have lost their jobs after accessing the confidential files of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular, who was beaten to death by his mother.
Fife Council launched an internal investigation after it was reported as many as 25 people may have accessed the files without authorisation.
Mikaeel died in January 2014 from injuries inflicted by his mother Rosdeep Adekoya, who buried his body in a suitcase in a wooded area several miles from their Edinburgh home.
Police Scotland was alerted to claims the confidential information had been accessed, but said since no criminal complaint had been made it was a matter for internal investigation by the council.
The council said this was an issue with individual staff members’ conduct and not with the council’s systems.
Systems not at fault
Craig Munro, director of Fife children’s services, said: “We have a clear internal process for dealing with discipline issues and we don’t comment publicly on the individual circumstances of staff.”
Adekoya was sentenced to 11 years in prison for culpable homicide last August.
Her son had been taken into care twice and was being monitored by social workers until the month before his death.
A serious case review to examine whether social workers could have prevented his death is underway.