A Fife councillor has predicted social workers will have some very difficult questions to answer as a probe into the Liam Fee case gets under way.
Ross Vettraino, who represents Thornton where two-year-old Liam lived with murders Rachael Trelfa and Nyomi Fee, said he could not believe the toddler had been allowed to drop “off the radar” of social work when his case officer went off sick.
“If someone goes off sick someone else needs to pick up on all the cases,” he said. “Cases need to be flagged up as priorities.
“When an investigation takes place into social work they will have some very difficult questions to answer.”
Mr Vettraino said the dimensions of the tragedy surrounding Liam’s murder and the horrific torture of two other boys was almost beyond understanding.
The fact nobody had picked up on the extent of the abuse being meted out on the children by Liam’s mother Rachael and her civil partner Nyomi was particularly disturbing, he added.
“All sorts of revelations have been made and each one is more worrying than the one before,” he said. “It’s almost unbelievable, it really and truly is.
“This is the 21st century. How did we get to the stage where nobody picks up there is a real problem?
“It’s not just this case. We as a society must look at all cases like this to ensure there is maximum possible protection.”