NOTTINGHAMSHIRE County Council has answered claims by the family of the 10-year-old boy attacked by Shaun Tudor, saying it did provide help after the attack.
The family of the victim issued a statement about the incident last week after the sex attacker was handed an indefinite prison sentence for the attempted rape.
Depraved Tudor (43) attacked the boy while on unescorted leave in July from St Andrew’s Healthcare on the Sherwood Oaks Business Park.
Tudor, who admitted attempted rape and sexual touching, was told by a judge he must serve a minimum of four years and 10 months behind bars.
After the hearing, the family’s solicitor, Martin Lee, issued a statement from them, saying they felt ‘let down’ by the system and had still had unanswered questions.
Claiming they were left ‘largely abandoned’ by the county council’s social services department, the statement added the family felt they’d had ‘no support’ from social services immediately after the attack.
In adding to the comments later, Mr Lee said the family felt an offer of counselling to the 10-year-old had not been followed up.
This week Steve Edwards, the authority’s service director for children’s social care, said: “We were disappointed by the comments made by the family’s solicitor in last week’s Chad regarding a perceived lack of support from the council’s children’s social care department.
“It would be inappropriate to go into any detail regarding what help was provided to the family at a time that was very difficult and traumatic for them.
“However, I can confirm that a significant amount of support was provided.”