Review clears staff in Caleb Ness case

The five Edinburgh city social workers involved in the Caleb Ness
case are not to be disciplined.

A damning report published last year headed by Susan O’Brien QC
highlighted faults “at almost every level” in the city’s social
work and health departments.

But a five-month internal review has concluded that no action will
be taken against the staff, although two workers will be required
to undergo additional training.

Peter Hill, the worker most closely involved in the case, no longer
works for the department.

A spokesperson for the Edinburgh branch of public sector trade
union Unison welcomed the outcome of the review.

However the union questioned whether such a review was necessary in
the first place as the O’Brien inquiry report had been “quite clear
that no one individual was to blame” in the case.

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