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Abused child 'wasn't allowed' into care

One of those who has successfully sued Birmingham children's services is Collette Elliott. The 36-year-old was awarded £20,000 earlier this year.

She first came to attention of the social services when she was just two-months-old, but says the abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother, who she says sometimes worked as a prostitute, was most acute during her teenage years.

Speaking to the BBC's social affairs correspondent Michael Buchanan, Ms Elliott believes her life would have been entirely different if allowed into care.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 14 November 2013.

  • 14 Nov 2013
  • From the section UK