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Woman's PS20,000 payout for failed social services care.

THE daughter of a prostitute has won a landmark PS20,000 payout from Birmingham City Council's social services for failing to protect her from her abusive mother.

Collette Elliott, 35, from Erdington, launched legal action last year, in what is thought to be the first case of its kind in Britain, after she obtained her social services records.

They showed officers knew of serious concerns about her mum Maureen Batchelor, who died of a brain tumour last August, when Collette was just two months old.

The department was apparently aware Batchelor had been cautioned for soliciting, criminal damage and for failing to feed her daughter properly.

Mrs Elliott, who is now happily married, said: "I was a vulnerable child and they left me in the care of an unfit and neglectful parent.

"I wasn't going to let them get away with it. I hope my story will help other people wronged by the system."
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