Care agencies face questions over Tolbert killings

3rd August 2005, Comments 0 comments

1 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — The health authority GGD has launched an investigation into the contacts various caring agencies had with two children who were allegedly killed by their mother's ex-boyfriend.

1 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — The health authority GGD has launched an investigation into the contacts various caring agencies had with two children who were allegedly killed by their mother's ex-boyfriend.

The 46-year-old man was arrested by police on Monday when the bodies of the children — a girl, aged 4, and her bother, aged 2 — were found in their home in the Dutch town of Tolbert.

The victims' mother, aged 33, had also been assaulted but managed to flee to a neighbour's house to call the police. The woman was allegedly struck with an iron bar.

The child protection agency, Kinderbescherming, had contact with the mother and the children's' biological father in 2003 and 2004.

Last month, the biological father expressed his concerns about the woman's 46-year-old ex-boyfriend to the AMK — an office that deals with claims of child abuse. The AMK decided the children were not in acute danger.

The GGD has now decided to review all contacts the agencies had with the family. But a spokesperson said the GGD could not deliver a judgement on the quality of the professional care provided.

The biological father has accused the caring agencies of failing in their duty to protect the children. "It was said: Wait until your children are 18, and then they will come by themselves... but now they will never come," he claimed.

The social services have been put under the spotlight by a number of tragic cases in recent years.

Despite repeated warnings and reports about the alleged physical abuse of three-year-old Savanna, the care agency in North Holland did not to intervene decisively before the girl was killed in October 2004.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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