- Published: Tuesday, 06 January 2015 07:30
Liam’s case triggers child protection measures
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar yesterday published the recommendations of a review triggered by the death of teenager Liam Aitchison in 2011. The internal review was commissioned by Western Isles Child Protection Committee and looked at the role of agencies in Liam’s life. Liam was living in Stornoway and lodging with friends when he was found murdered at a derelict building in Steinish in November 2011. The review recommends actions for agencies including the Comhairle and NHS Western Isles. One recommendation is that as a matter of priority the Comhairle looks to provide more supported accommodation for vulnerable young people. Some such units have already been provided, and the Comhairle is also redesigning its Foster Care service to focus on young people aged over 16 who are in transition between services and accommodation. Approval has been given to appoint a dedicated Fostering and Adoption worker in Uist and Barra.