No guarantees with child safety
Happily, the most recent case involving Western Isles youngster Misbah Rana has had a positive outcome - at least, it appears, for her (page 3). The more tragic cases of murdered youngsters Rory Blackhall, in Livingston, and Danielle Reid, in Inverness, triggered considerable soul-searching among authorities about how they could possibly prevent such incidents. West Lothian, Rory Blackhall's education authority, should be congratulated in coming up with a response which took a proportionate rather than a knee-jerk form. Similarly, Highland Council's experience led to the development of a national tracking service. But it can never be repeated too often that no system can offer a 100 per cent guarantee of safety for children. Alas, the system works only in retrospect.