Published: 23/11/2017 06:00 - Updated: 22/11/2017 16:30

Report published in 2006 outlines recommendations in wake of girl's murder

IC 200, Inverness Courier


A FAR-reaching report published three years after the murder of Inverness schoolgirl Danielle Reid made 68 recommendations for action to protect vulnerable youngsters.

The five-year-old's body was found dumped in the Caledonian Canal in January 2003 after her mother's partner had attacked her. Despite concern over Danielle's safety, social services failed to intervene and authorities lost track of the youngster when her mother withdrew her from school.

A 196-page report by Dr Jean Herbison did not blame any one individual for the Inverness girl's death but she said the findings revealed serious gaps in service provision to the vulnerable and at risk children.

She said there were local and national issues which needed to be addressed urgently to prevent children suffering as Danielle suffered.

Her recommendations in the report, published in March, covered the roles of social work, police, education and health services.

Lee Gaytor was jailed for life for Danielle's murder and her mother, Tracy, received an eight-year sentence for her involvement.

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