NEGLECTED

Published February 2022

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Little Jamey, just 2½ years old, arrived as an emergency placement two days before Christmas. Bad enough that a child has to leave home and come into foster care, even worse just before Christmas. But the police and social services had no choice after a neighbour reported Jamey had been left alone all night while his mother went out partying.

Scared, hungry and withdrawn, Jamey had spent so much time in his cot which his mother used as a cage, that his leg muscles hadn’t developed properly and he could barely walk. He was craving affection and so easy to love. But as Jamey settled in and began to make progress a new threat emerged. Coronavirus and lockdown changed everything.