Our expert says:
Thanks for the feedback, and I am delighted to hear that the police have been handling the case apparently well so far. One of the most idiotic decisions of recent years was when the specialist child potection units were closed down - I'm pleased to hear you have been lucky enough to encounter sensible and apparently capable people at your local station.
Involving child welfare / social services makes good sense. I'm not surprised to hear that they already knew of the boy's family. Hapopy kids from happy families may explore and experiment a little, but rarely go as far as in this instance.
I don't understand why people would have criticised you - you did as much as any competent paent would have done, and cannot be blamed - these things happen, and if one took more stringent seps to try to make it impossible for such things to ever happen, the protections could damage the child even more than the otherwise small risk.
As for your son, remind him that nothing is his fault, that he was not to know that his new friend might do something nasty, and that he has proved that he can make and enjoy friendships, and will find other and better friends now.
Sorry to hear of the unhelpful responses of the boy's mother, but I suppose they are to be understood - what mother would be eager to believe that their child was capable of doing something like that ?
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