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A damning report has found that social workers missed vital warning signs that led to a County Durham toddler dying from a brutal attack at the hands of his mother's boyfriend.
Slater Sharkey's father had raised concerns weeks before but officials failed to act.
As Gregg Easteal reports, Durham's Safeguarding Children's Board has now apologised for the failures and says changes have already been made to its procedures.
You can watch his full report below.
It has emerged that social workers missed vital warning signs that led to a baby suffering catastrophic brain damage after being attacked by his mother's partner.
A serious case review found that the father of 13 month-old Slater Sharkey raised concerns in the weeks before his son was attacked, but officials failed to act.
Richard Morgan was convicted of manslaughter after he experienced what he called a "momentary lack of control" in December 2010 and attacked Slater while his mother was out.
The baby suffered 25 bruises to his body and died as a result.
Durham's Safeguarding Children's Board has now apologised for the failures and say recommendations have been acted upon.