Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Social Worker Struck off after Liam Case Failings

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Social Worker Struck off after Liam Case Failings

Article excerpt

A social worker involved in the case of murdered two-year-old Liam Fee has been struck off the care register.

Lesley Bate denied multiple charges in a misconduct hearing relating to the care of 15 children, including Liam, during her work at Fife Council.

They included a failure to record a number of visits, assess risks and refer cases to other support teams.

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) confirmed 12 of the charges were upheld and Mrs Bate, 60, has been removed from the register.

Rachel Trelfa, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 29, originally from Ryton in Gateshead, were jailed for life in July for murdering Liam in 2014.

Judge Lord Burns said the youngster was subjected to a "cruel and pitiless regime" of abuse and neglect.

The trial heard that a number of people had expressed concern about Liam's wellbeing.

At the SSSC committee, it was said that Liam's childminder first raised concerns with Fife social workers in January 2013, when she noticed injuries to his head and neck. …

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