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A report says, a 3-year-old girl could not walk and had severe nappy rash requiring hospital treatment as agencies underestimated neglect. Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board’s serious case review follows her parents being jailed for neglect. The report focuses on the couple’s four youngest children who had head lice, weak bones and other health problems. It has concluded that authorities need to treat neglect as seriously as sexual and physical abuse. The girl’s admission to hospital for severe nappy rash sparked the police investigation. The four children have now been taken into care or been placed with family members. The couple, who cannot be named, were labelled “inadequate, stupid, stubborn and reckless” by a judge at Gloucester Crown Court.

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