Leicestershire Social Services 'official' shows concern at the McCanns' condition, 13 July 2009

By Tony Bennett, The Madeleine Foundation
13 July 2009

This is a copy of an e-mail, sent today, to Leicestershire Social Services and reproduced here with the permission of the anonymous author:

'Dear Sir Madam,

I'm sure you are aware of the Madeleine McCann case. As Leicestershire residents, I believe you are responsible for monitoring her twin siblings. Sean and Amelie. I feel compelled to write to you today after reading an article in yesterday's (12 July 2009) Sunday Mirror. The article written by TOM WORDEN alleges that court documents lodged by Mr and Mrs McCann reveal that Kate McCann, the mother of Madeleine and twins Sean and Amelie suffers from "deep and serious depression". As well as this, both her and her husband and father to the twins, Gerry McCann, suffer from "permanent anxiety, insomnia, lack of appetite, irritability and an indefinable fear".

Can you please monitor the situation and make sure Sean and Amelie are OK. Too many kids have been let down by Social Services in this country in recent years and it will be a travesty if these kids come to any harm as a result of the actions of their primary carers. I will save this email just in case it's necessary to reveal the contents in future.'

In addition, Debbie Butler, Madeleine Foundation Chairman, has today spoken to a duty child care social worker in Leicestershire Social Services, and read out the entire Sunday Mirror article to him. He not only listened but said the information was 'very concerning' and he would ensure that it was passed to the right person within the organisation.

There is therefore no way the Director of Leiecestershire Social Services can deny being acquainted with the extemely unstable and depressed condition of both the Doctors McCann as described in the Sunday Mirror article.

It should be noted that children at risk of emotional, physical or other forms of abuse are placed on what is called a Child Protection Register. Social Services never publicly disclose whether any individual child is on such a register or not. In more serious cases, children considered at serious risk will be placed with other relatives or, if that is not possible, taken into care, or, to use the jargon, 'accommodated'.