Alleged Social Services Misconduct

Prosecutors have decided to carry out a preliminary investigation into allegations of official misconduct after social services in a small Swedish town were publicly criticised for failing to help a girl who was repeatedly raped by her father.

A documentary by Swedish Television alleged that despite many warnings, the young girl was left alone with the father for 5 years, even though he was known to be psychologically disturbed and had previously been convicted of manslaughter.

He was sentenced to psychiatric care last year after being found guilty of raping the girl.

After the TV program was aired in April, around 20 people decided to report the Social Services department in the town of Vetlanda to the police and two politicians and two civil servants have since resigned following the widespread criticism.