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Intense media scrutiny of Birmingham child abuse case

10 January 2011

The intense media scrutiny surrounding child abuse allegations at a Birmingham nursery provides a salutary reminder of the reputational risks facing all social care providers.

Paul Wilson, a member of staff at the Little Stars Nursery was arrested on Wednesday and has been charged with two offences against a child under 13 years. The case has attracted considerable national media attention and the nursery has been forced to close temporarily.

The ferocious interest in the nursery over the last 24 hours demonstrates the ongoing public sensitivity toward child protection issues and the speed of modern media reporting. It is also a clear reminder of need for care providers to be able to react quickly to handle media attention when abuse allegations are made.

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