Friday, 6 February 2015

Another Haringey failure ?

"A six-month-old baby boy died after Haringey social workers decided he was not at risk despite knowing his mother was a murderer."

"Police arrested a 30-year-old woman, believed to be the boy's mother, and a man, 26, thought to be her partner, after the boy was found with head injuries two weeks ago."

"Haringey Council admitted the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was not placed on the 'at risk' register by child services, despite being informed the mother's dark past by police and hospital staff."

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A more complex picture emerges about the Peter Conelly case but it is still difficult to understand some of these decisions.
Baby P: The Untold Story heard from an unidentified Ofsted inspector who said they were concerned that its original assessment documentation of the council's children's services department "disappeared" after its grading was changed from grade three, meaning "good", to grade one, indicating "inadequate", following publicity about Haringey's failings. "I think there were senior people within Ofsted who have never been held accountable for Ofsted's behaviour around the Baby P case," it was added.
The 90-minute documentary also presented damning evidence about Great Ormond Street Hospital, which managed the borough's medical staff. Dr Sabah Al-Zayyat, who was accused of failing to notice Peter's broken back when she examined him there two days before he died, has come under heavy criticism but the programme claimed she should never have been expected to carry out the role she did at the clinic. Professor Jonathan Sibert, an expert in children's health, was asked to examine the conduct of doctors by GOSH, and said he was "gobsmacked" that she was given the responsibility.
"Great Ormond Street took on a community service, they've messed up, and they don't want people to know," she added.
Ms Shoesmith, who was sacked by the council but awarded almost £680,000 after claiming unfair dismissal , said she and her colleagues "wept together" when they read about what Peter had suffered. "The child was so vulnerable and we missed it," she says. "All of us - the police, the social workers, the health people, all of those health agencies - you could just go through it again and again. If only this, if only that. We missed it and we missed it and we missed it."

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