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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Baby P report

  • Published: Monday, 1 December 2008

Ofsted have published the findings of its review following the death of Baby P in Haringey.  The report examines the circumstances of the baby’s death and the role of each of the services involved with the family.

The remit for the inspection was to undertake an 'urgent and thorough inspection of the quality of practice and management of key services which contribute to the effective safeguarding of children in the local area'.

Evidence gathered included: observations of social care duty room practice; a review of case files for children and young people receiving support from a number of local agencies, including those relating to Baby P; discussions with elected members of the local authority and managers from these agencies; service users, including children and young people, and community representatives.

This inspection identified a number of serious concerns in relation to the safeguarding of children and young people in Haringey. The contribution of local services to improving outcomes for children and young people at risk or requiring safeguarding is inadequate and needs urgent and sustained attention.

The report points to significant weakness in safeguarding and child protection arrangements in Haringey.

Ed Balls, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families made the following statement: "The whole nation has been shocked and moved by the tragic and horrific death of Baby P. All of us find it impossible to comprehend how adults could commit such terrible acts of evil against this little boy. And the public is angry that nobody stepped in to prevent this tragedy from happening.

"I want to say very clearly at the outset: social workers, police officers, GPs, health professionals, all the people who work to keep children safe, do a very difficult job, often in really challenging circumstances – all around the country and in particular in Haringey.

"They make difficult judgements every day that help to keep children safe – and many of them are unsung heroes. But they must also be accountable for their decisions. And where things go badly wrong, people are right to want to know why and what will be done about it."

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