Arrests made as council staff suspended from children’s services

November 20, 2012 No Comments »

Two women and a man have been arrested on suspicion of neglect in connection with a council investigation into the safeguarding of children.

As reported yesterday, Cardiff council late last week suspended a number of staff, including senior managers, in its children’s services department.

It has now emerged that the council also referred three people, who are not council staff, to South Wales Police.

A police spokeswoman yesterday confirmed a 41-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman from Riverside, Cardiff, were arrested on suspicion of neglect on November 8.

A 28-year-old woman from Tremorfa was also arrested on the same day on suspicion of neglect.

All have been bailed pending further inquiries, the spokeswoman said.

On Sunday, the council said a number of staff – who include senior officers – had been suspended pending the outcome of an external investigation.

The allegations against the council employees have not been disclosed.

The suspensions followed an internal audit of cases within the council’s children’s services department.

The council said as a result of the audits, a small number of cases in the Child Health and Disability Team, which is based on Cowbridge Road East, Canton, needed further investigation.

In a statement, a council spokeswoman described the suspension as a “neutral act” to “enable a thorough, independent investigation”.

The council’s chief operating officer has been tasked with commissioning the external investigation and overseeing its progress.

The council yesterday declined to add anything further to its original statement, which said: “Although it is only a small number of cases audited that have caused concern it is important the council act decisively as any matter of child protection is of utmost priority.

“Therefore immediate action has been taken to suspend a number of members of staff, as a neutral act, to enable a thorough, independent investigation.

“During this time interim management arrangements are in place.

“We will be making sure that everything possible is being done to quickly resolve this matter ensuring the appropriate investigation is carried out swiftly and thoroughly.”

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