Widow’s probe call after wife killed by foster son

Dawn Mckenzie was stabbed to death by a then-13-year-old boy who she was caring for as a foster mother. Picture: Hemedia
Dawn Mckenzie was stabbed to death by a then-13-year-old boy who she was caring for as a foster mother. Picture: Hemedia
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A MAN whose wife was killed by their 13-year-old foster child has called for a close investigation into social work services.

Bryan McKenzie, 40, outlined a series of concerns about the support they were given by Glasgow City Council social workers before his wife Dawn, 34, was stabbed to death by the teenager in June 2011.

Speaking at a Fatal Accident Inquiry into Mrs McKenzie’s death, Mr McKenzie said: “I have thought about it for four years and I can’t think of anything we could have done differently.”

Procurator Fiscal depute Carrie Macfarlane asked if others involved in the boy’s care could have done anything differently.

Mr McKenzie said: “I felt we were given very little information, particularly information we should have had to allow us to care for him, to know about his situation.

“It’s just hearsay now, I could say a hundred things now, but at the end of the day what has happened has happened.”


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Yesterday, the inquiry heard that the first months of the boy’s placement were handled badly due to the haste with which his previous placement ended, travel chaos caused by 2010’s severe winter weather and the boy’s social worker going on extended annual leave.

Mr McKenzie said today: “I feel we were let down badly by the social services.

“I feel that the contact with the social work was poor and I think the (main social worker’s) attitude toward the placement was lacklustre. I thought his attitude was lackadaisical.”

Mr McKenzie said the fostering agency Foster Care Associates (FCA), now known as Core Assets, should also have given them more information about the boy’s background.

When the couple finally received a background report about two months after the placement started, it emerged that when he was taken into care the boy had been sleeping on a trampoline, had no shoes, was living in a house frequented by drug addicts and had been subjected to “frequent acts of violence”.

Mr McKenzie said: “I think you should explore the social work quite deeply because it is just not working.

“Too many people are losing their lives and it can’t go on, whether it is children or carers it’s not acceptable.”


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