Three lose jobs over Baby P case

2008-12-01 17:57:00

Three lose jobs over Baby P case   Baby P died after suffering months of abuse Three people have lost their jobs after a "damning" independent inspectors' report into the Baby P case, Children's Secretary Ed Balls has said.Sharon Shoesmith, the head of children's services at Haringey Council, has been sacked.The council's leader George Meehan and the cabinet member for children and young people, Liz Santry have resigned.Mr Balls told a press conference that the findings of the inquiry into the case were "devastating".'Serious concerns'The 17-month-old baby was on the child protection register and had been visited by professionals 60 times.The boy's mother, her boyfriend and a lodger have been jailed over his death.Mr Balls said there were "clear failings in procedure and management" uncovered by the report.He said: "There are a number of serious concerns in regard of the safeguarding of children and young people in Haringey."  Overall the inquiry's findings, are, I have to say, devastatingChildren's Secretary Ed BallsThe catalogue of failures included not identifying those at immediate risk of harm, poor gathering and sharing of information, and insufficient management oversight, he added.But one of the factors most troubling, he added, was the "failure to talk directly to children at risk"."Overall the inquiry's findings, are, I have to say, devastating."Mr Balls announced that new leadership would be introduced at the council.Broken ribsHe added that if he was not satisfied that there was significant progress in improving the department he would not hesitate to step in again.The roles of the health service, social workers and the police were looked into by the report.Mr Balls ordered the investigation two weeks ago, after saying it was clear mistakes had been made and that those responsible would be held accountable.The inspectors have been examining why the toddler was not taken into care despite numerous injuries including broken ribs and eventual... Devamı