A mum whose toddler suffered horrific burns after a bowl of hot water tipped over him at nursery says she is furious the nursery has been “let off” with a caution.
Reuben Adams suffered burns to the left hand side of his face, his left shoulder and behind his ear and needed intensive hospital treatment at Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield.
His mum Sarah Walker, 29, says her little boy has been left having night terrors, the report.
Sarah was left “distraught and in hysterics” after being told what had happened to her 18-month-old in a kitchenette at Bridge End House Nursery in Fixby, west Yorkshire, in August.
Kirklees Council said today it had completed its investigation into the incident.
In a statement it said: “The immediate cause of the incident was not closing the door to the kitchenette, but officers found it was not the only contributing factor to this incident.
“Underlying causes played a significant role including nursery policies, staff training, allocation of staffing and deviation from agreed company procedures.
“Bridge End House Nursery Fixby has co-operated fully with the council’s investigation and has made significant improvements to ensure this type of accident doesn’t happen again.”
But Sarah said: “I am absolutely not happy. I would like to see the nursery prosecuted or shut down. I will be looking at taking this further. Giving it a caution is not good enough.
“Reuben is still reliving this accident night after night and suffering ‘night terrors’.”
She said she hoped her petition calling for more stringent action to be taken against the nursery would be going ‘live’ soon and said her Facebook page on the issue had garnered almost 800 shares.
The report said: “On 28 September we carried out an unannounced visit and we identified significant health, hygiene and safety concerns.
“These concerns included a dirty and musty smelling milk kitchen. We found torn nappy changing mats, dirty toys, chairs, seat coverings, floors, changing tables and equipment in all areas, indoors and outdoors.
“We found children had access to wires, cables and a loose cable holder. We found that fresh milk was left out of the fridge on two occasions. A child had not been recorded in the attendance register. All of these issues significantly compromised the children’s health, safety and their welfare.
“Following our visit we served a welfare requirements notice on the provider.”
A second unannounced visit as recently as November 10 to discuss further what had happened to Reuben still found cause for concern.
The report continued: “We found a number of breaches that contributed to this incident. Staff/child ratios were not met and deployment of staff was poor in the baby room. Risk assessments were inadequate which resulted in a child opening a safety barrier, accessing a milk kitchen and reaching a bowl of hot water.
“No clear guidance was available on how to warm bottles safely. First aid was administered immediately, however, at one point, flannels were placed on a burn.
“We found there was a delay in contacting the emergency services and parents.”
Clr Naheed Mather, Cabinet lead for enforcement, said: “Whilst the council has issued a caution in this instance it does not detract from the seriousness of the incident.
“I would like to remind all premises how dangerous breaches of health and safety such as this can be.”
Nursery director Chris Stoker said: “The nursery recognise the impact that this accident has had on Reuben and his family and understand their thoughts and feelings as no child should ever have to experience an accident of this nature.
“Throughout the investigation into how this happened this has been at the forefront of our focus, ensuring that what Reuben went through can never happen to another child.”
Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe
Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.
The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).
The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.
According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.
It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.
“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.
“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”
The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.
Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival
Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.
Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.
But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.
“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.
The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.
Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.
The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.
That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.
Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.
“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.
He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.
“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”
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