Social workers cleared in Mikaeel review

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The events that led to the killing of Mikaeel Kular could not have been predicted by social workers, a significant case review has decided.

The three-year old was killed by his mum, Rosdeep Adekoya, at their Edinburgh flat, and she then buried his body in woodlands behind a relative’s home off Oriel Road in Kirkcaldy.

She also reported him missing, sparking a massive police investigation lasting several days and huge national media coverage which ended with the discovery of the toddler’s body in Kirkcaldy.

Last August, Adekoya was jailed for 11 years after admitting the culpable homicide of her child, beating him so severely that he died of his injuries.

As social work were involved with the family during their time in Kirkcaldy, a significant case review was held involving both Fife and City of Edinburgh Councils, and it made its findings public this week.

It found that “the circumstances that led to Mikaeel’s death could not have been predicted.’’

Social work staff involved with the family had no concerns about the boy’s physical care.

He was in foster care in Fife from July 2012 to August 2013, and the decision to return him home was fully endorsed by the Children’s Panel.

Steve Grimmond, chief executive of Fife Council, said: “The central finding of the report states that the circumstances that led to Mikaeel’s death could not have been predicted.

“Ms Adekoya’s ability to physically care for him was never in question.

She felt a need for space and time that resulted in him being left unattended and is the reason he was placed in foster care.

“It’s important to stress that professionals who had regular contact with the family never had any concerns about the physical care of Mikaeel throughout this case.”

Mr Grimmond said: “The decision to return Mikaeel to his mother’s care was taken by a range of professionals who agreed that he was well looked after and that he had been in foster care long enough.

“All agencies involved with Mikaeel were clear in their view that he should return home and this position was fully endorsed by a Children’s Hearing.”

The report sets out 13 actions that it says should be taken as a result of Mikaeel’s death, including calling on the Scottish Government to set up a protocol for the handover of information on children who are not subject to child protection.