No communication in Amsterdam child abuse case

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A committee investigating the Amsterdam child sex abuse case says the various organisations involved failed to communicate with one another about signs of abuse.

Louise Gunning-Schepers announced on Friday that indications of abuse had been looked at by separate organisations but were never discussed in joint meetings involving the police, local health authorities, clinics and the city of Amsterdam.

Professor Gunning-Schepers said “Communication between the organisations involved about all of the risk indicators was insufficient and altogether the organisations performed below par.” As a result not enough attention was paid to the risk that children might be sexually abused.

Police say the main suspect in the case, child daycare worker Robert Mikelsons, has now admitted to sexually abusing 85 children.  

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