NSPCC To Oversee Glamorgan Abuse Inquiry

The NSPCC will oversee an inquiry into Vale of Glamorgan Council, after a teenager with a history of sexual offending was placed with a family whose children he sexually abused.

The council has apologised to the foster family after failing to tell them about the 19-year-old’s history of sexual behaviour with children.

The authority’s director of social services, Phil Evans, said: “The council deeply regrets the distress and harm caused to the children and their parents. Senior managers have met with them to apologise and to find out what support they may need, now and in the future.

“The council has instigated an urgent case management inquiry into the circumstances of the young man’s placement. The NSPCC has agreed to ensure that this work is done thoroughly. The carers have been asked to play an important role in finding out what went wrong.”

The council admitted there was a “serious error of judgement” in placing the young person with the family and an initial inquiry into the incident has highlighted issues of practice and judgement.

The Care Council for Wales, the regulatory body for social care professionals, has been notified.