More Haringey controversy

It has been reported that Haringey Council in north London has launched another serious case review.

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Haringey Council: Statement on latest review

"We are committed to a culture of continued partnership working, learning and improvement and safeguarding remains a priority for the council.

In November, the council will be agreeing further substantial investment in a children’s services programme to consolidate and build further on the improvements already made.

We have made a number of improvements to children’s services in the past few years, which have been recognised by Ofsted and led to the service being removed from government oversight in April 2012.

We would not comment on serious case reviews that may be under way in Haringey.”

– Haringey Council statement

Reports: Haringey Council in fresh serious case review

The Independent on Sunday has reported that the north London council at the centre of recent tragedies has launched yet another serious case review involving child abuse.

It comes after the council promised to protect children after the deaths of Baby Peter and Victoria Climbe.

Victoria Climbié was tortured and murdered by her guardians after Haringey Social Services failed to act. Credit: ITN

The latest investigation is the council's sixth known investigation into serious incidents of child abuse since the report into Baby Peter's death was published in 2009.

A spokeswoman for Haringey Council said: "We have made a number of improvements to children's services in the past few years. We would not comment on serious case reviews that may be under way in Haringey."

The paper says two adults have been arrested and charged with child abuse, whilst the child alleged to be the victim of abuse has been taken into care.

The news comes after it was revealed on Tuesday that Haringey's former head of children's care services had agreed a compensation pay-out after being unfairly dismissed in the wake of the Baby P tragedy.

The new investigation has reportedly started only a month after the publication of Haringey's last serious case review into Child T, a three-year-old who was beaten so badly with a belt, stick and cable that he was hospitalised yet was still returned to the family home, where the abuse continued.


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