Baby P social workers lose appeal

Two of Baby P's social workers have lost an appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that they were fairly sacked.

Ruling due on Baby P social workers

Baby P's social workers will learn today whether they have won an appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that they were fairly sacked

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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
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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Anger over Baby Peter payout

There's been widespread anger over the decision to award a six-figure pay off to the former head of Harginey's Children's Services, who was in charge when Baby Peter Connelly died.

In 2008 the then Children's Secretary Ed Balls removed Sharon Shoesmith from her job because of failings in her department. It was later ruled that decision amounted to unfair dismissal and led to her seeking compensation. Dan Hewitt reports.

Council confirms confidential settlement reached

Following the decision of the Court of Appeal in favour of Ms Shoesmith, and the Court's direction that the parties seek to resolve the issue of compensation, the London Borough of Haringey and Ms Shoesmith have reached a settlement in this case.

The terms of the settlement are confidential. We are unable to comment further on this matter.

– Haringey Council statement
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Former children's minister: We're rewarding failure

Time Loughton, the Conservative former children's minister, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that Sharon Shoesmith's payout was "effectively rewarding failure".

When you are appointed a director of children's services - this is the whole point of the reforms after Victoria Climbie, which again happened in Haringey - is that the buck has to stop somewhere and someone has to take responsibility.

You don't expect that person accepting responsibility, reluctantly in this case, to get a very large cheque on the back of it as well.

– Tim Loughton, Tory former children's minister

Read: Sharon Shoesmith 'to receive six-figure payout'

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Baby P chief Shoesmith 'to receive six-figure payout'

Former child protection boss Sharon Shoesmith is set to receive a six-figure payout for being unfairly dismissed following the Baby P tragedy, according to BBC 2's Newsnight.

A settlement which could reach up to £600,000 has been agreed, although Ms Shoesmith may receive a lower sum, the programme reported, stating that some of the money will come from central Government.

Sharon Shoesmith, the former director of children's services at Haringey Council.
Sharon Shoesmith, the former director of children's services at Haringey Council. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Ed Balls, while Education Secretary, removed Ms Shoesmith from her £133,000-a-year post as Haringey Council's director of children's services after a damning report on the death of Peter Connolly, known as Baby P.

She was then fired by the north London council without compensation in December 2008, after a report from regulator Ofsted exposed how her department had failed to protect 17-month-old boy.

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Haringey Council 'fully accepts' abuse report findings

Haringey Council has apologised after failing to prevent the abuse of a toddler who suffered "extensive injuries" at the hands of his family, following the Baby P and Victoria Climbie cases.

Peter Connelly, known as 'Baby P' Credit: Handout

Council leader Claire Kober said: "We fully accept the findings of this SCR and apologise unreservedly for the failings set out in the report. Together with partner agencies, we could and should have intervened more swiftly.

"This case occurred during a period of rebuilding in our children's service. We have been working hard over the past three years to make significant improvements, which have been recognised by Ofsted".

Haringey Council apologises over abused toddler

The north London council that dealt with the Baby P and Victoria Climbie cases has apologised after failing to prevent the abuse of a toddler who suffered "extensive injuries" at the hands of his family.

Haringey Council apologises after failing to prevent abuse of toddler Credit: PA Wire

The boy, referred to only as Child T, was twice taken to hospital but returned to his mother and heroin addict stepfather before eventually being taken into care in June 2011 when he was aged four.

At one stage he was found to have more than 50 bruises on his body, while he told a doctor of being hit with a belt and a stick by his stepfather.

Haringey Local Safeguarding Children Board launched a Serious Case Review (SCR) into the matter, which found failings by the police, social workers and medical staff who saw him and his three siblings.

Read: Baby P's mother to be released

Baby P had more than 50 injuries

Peter Connelly, known as 'Baby P'
Peter Connelly, known as 'Baby P' Credit: Handout

Baby P died on August 3 2007 with more than 50 injuries, despite being on the at-risk register and receiving 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals over eight months.

Tracey Connelly was jailed with her boyfriend Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen, who were convicted at trial of the same offence.

Parole Board recommends Tracey Connelly's release

The Parole Board has recommended Baby P's release from prison following a second review of her case. A statement said:

"We can confirm that a three-member panel of the board has directed the release of Tracey Connelly."Tracey Connelly first became eligible for parole in August 2012, and at that time a Parole Board panel made no recommendation to release."This is the second parole review for Tracey Connelly. The decision to release is a matter for the board, which is independent - arrangements and the date of the release are a matter for the Secretary of State."

– Parole Board
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