Welfare failings in 'Maas Girl' murder
19 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — The social welfare groups involved in the case of a murdered Rotterdam girl, known as the 'Maas Girl', have been criticised for maintaining poor lines of communication.
19 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — The social welfare groups involved in the case of a murdered Rotterdam girl, known as the 'Maas Girl', have been criticised for maintaining poor lines of communication.
The Rotterdam City Council said on Thursday that despite the fact the social welfare groups were in regular contact with each other, there was little structure to their communication.
Rotterdam Alderman Leonard Geluk had ordered an investigation into the actions of youth welfare groups and municipal services following the death of the girl, identified as 12-year-old Gessica.
Several of Gessica's body parts were found in the Maas River in June and July. Authorities later showed the public a reconstruction of her head in a bid to identify her.
Gessica's 46-year-old father has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.
Social welfare groups such as Gessica's school, youth welfare officers, school social workers and school attendance officers were in regular contact with each other.
The Rotterdam Council said accusations that no one was keeping an eye on the girl are not justified.
"Everyone tried from their own position to offer support as much as possible so that Gessica could grow up as normal as possible," it said.
However, the council has decided that in future, youth social welfare groups must meet within three days in the event of worsening concerns. School absenteeism must be reported more quickly also.
A final report from three inspectorates will be completed by the end of March next year.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news