#Children's Rights
To Leicestershire Social Services

On Thursday the 3rd May 2007, three very young children where left alone in an apartment whilst their parents went out to dine. As a consequence of these actions, 4 year old Madeleine McCann was allegedly "taken" from the unlocked apartment in which she had been left, leading to a worldwide campaign by the McCann family to locate their daughter.

From the onset many, many people around the world have been disturbed by the fact that three young children were left unattended in this way and that such actions were invariably being condoned or overlooked by the British authorities for reasons known only to themselves.

We would like to urge Leicestershire Social Services to:

a) Fully investigate the matter of the neglect of all three children whilst the parents went out to dine whilst holidaying in Portugal.

b) Fully investigate the matter in light of the fact that the parents have now been named as formal suspects in the disappearance of their daughter.

Given that the McCann family have now been named as ARGUIDO in the disappearance of their 4 year old daughter Madeleine McCann, we feel that it is absolutely incumbent upon the British Social Services and other child protection services such as the NSPCC, to fully investigate the safety and well being of the children who remain within the care of Kate and Gerry McCann, and also to investigate the manner in which these children were continuously left alone in the first instance.

We urge Social Services to fulfill their statutory obligations under sections 1,2(a) and 3(a)(b) of the 1933 CHILDRENS AND YOUNG PERSONS ACT 1933 c12 where:

(1)(1) If any person who has attained the age of sixteen years and has the custody, charge, or care of any child or young person under that age wilfully assaults, ill-treats, neglects, abandons, or exposes him, or causes or procures him to be assaulted, ill-treated, neglected, abandoned, or exposed, in a manner likely to cause him unnecessary suffering or injury to health (including injury to or loss of sight hearing, or limb, or organ of the body, and any mental derangement), that person shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and shall be liable
For the purposes of this section--

(2)(a) a parent or other person legally liable to maintain a child or young person shall be deemed to have neglected him in a manner likely to cause injury to his health if he has failed to provide adequate food, clothing, medical aid or lodging for him, or if, having been unable otherwise to provide such food, clothing, medical aid or lodging, he has failed to take steps to procure it to be provided under the enactments applicable in that behalf.

3) A person may be convicted of an offence under this section--

(a) notwithstanding that actual suffering to injury or health, or the likelihood of actual suffering or injury to health, was obviated by the action of another person.

(b) notwithstanding the death of the child or young person in question

AND UNDER Section 47(1)(a) and (b) of THE CHILDRENS ACT 1989 where:

(1) ... a local authority—

(a) are informed that a child who lives, or is found, in their area—
(b) have reasonable cause to suspect that a child who lives, or is found, in their area is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm,

The authority shall make, or cause to be made, such enquiries as they consider necessary to enable them to decide whether they should take any action to safeguard or promote the child’s welfare.

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The Investigate the safety and well being of the McCann children petition to To Leicestershire Social Services was written by Zoe and is in the category Children's Rights at GoPetition.