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Friday 30 November 2001

 

Witnesses to be Called in Week Beginning 3 December

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Witnesses to be Called in Week Beginning 26 November

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Friday 30 November
WITNESSES TO BE CALLED IN WEEK BEGINNING 3 DECEMBER


THE SOCIAL work manager who - according to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry leading counsel - says there has been significant under-resourcing of Haringey council's children's services over a long period of time will take the stand next week (3-7 December).

Neil Garnham QC said in his opening statement to the Inquiry on Wednesday 26 September that David Duncan, Commissioning Manager for North Tottenham and Hornsey district offices, believes that partially because of a restriction on salaries there were frequent difficulties in attracting the right staff to the borough.

Mr Duncan also believes that pressure to cut budgets led to the 1999 children's services restructuring plan and that the reduction in the number of team managers, entailed, had a negative effect on recruitment. Mr Duncan will appear on Tuesday.

Taking the stand on Thursday, will be Pastor Alvaro Lima from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, who - according to Mr Garnham - saw Victoria a week before she died, when it was apparent the girl was seriously ill, and failed to advise hospital treatment. It was only when church officers saw Victoria on the eve of her death, that they insisted she receive medical care.

Appearing on Friday, will be Angella Mairs, Ms Baptiste's manager, who - according to Ms Arthurworrey's testimony - removed the final contact sheet from Victoria's case file three days after the girl died. Ms Arthurworry told the Inquiry she did not tell anyone about this incident as Ms Mairs had a 'reputation for being a bully to those she did not get on with'.

Details of the other witnesses to appear next week are on the Inquiry website at www.victoria-climbie-inquiry.org.uk.





Contacts:


Paul Rees, Communications Manager
Tel: 020 7972 1999
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 355
paul.rees@victoriaclimbie.org

                or

Lara Williams, Press Officer
Tel: 020 7972 2018
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 468
lara.williams@victoriaclimbie.org

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Friday 23 November
WITNESSES TO BE CALLED IN WEEK BEGINNING 26 NOVEMBER


ONE of the social work managers who - according to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry leading counsel - told Lisa Arthurworrey to close the case file on the tragic eight-year-old will appear next week (26-30 Nov).

Neil Garnham QC said in his opening statement to the inquiry on 26 September, that Rose Kozinos, of Haringey council, along with Angella Mairs, told Ms Arthurworrey to close the file after Victoria's social worker had formed the view that Victoria and her great-aunt Marie-Therese Kouao had probably left the area for good.

Before this incident, on 2 November 1999 - stated Mr Garnham - Ms Kozinos had a meeting with Kouao in the council's social services offices. During the meeting, Kouao - who had previously claimed that her boyfriend, Carl Manning had sexually assaulted Victoria - told Ms Kozinos that the girl had been making up allegations about Manning and wanted to withdraw them.

Ms Kozinos concluded, after the meeting, that Kouao was using the child to gain housing and had made allegations of sexual abuse to support that application. She also felt that Kouao was bullying in her manner towards Victoria. Ms Kozinos will appear on Friday.

Appearing on Thursday will be another Haringey council social work manager Barry Almeida, who, like Kozinos, was senior to Ms Arthurworrey. In his position as a practice manager in the investigations and assessment team, said Mr Garnham, Mr Almeida referred Victoria's case to the Tottenham Child and Family Centre on 5 August 1999.

According to Mr Garnham, the centre was overwhelmed by work, misused by its partner agencies and quite unable to cope with cases as serious as Victoria's. Ordinarily the case would have been discussed by managers at the centre on 6 August. However, that day the centre was holding a party for its clients. As a result, no meeting took place and the business was put off for a week.





Contacts:


Paul Rees, Communications Manager
Tel: 020 7972 1999
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 355
paul.rees@victoriaclimbie.org

                or

Lara Williams, Press Officer
Tel: 020 7972 2018
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 468
lara.williams@victoriaclimbie.org

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Friday 16 November
WITNESSES TO BE CALLED IN WEEK BEGINNING 19 NOVEMBER


THE POLICE officer who - according to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry leading counsel - refused to visit the eight-year-old child, for fear of catching scabies, will give evidence next week (19-23 November).

Neil Garnham QC said, in his opening statement to the Inquiry on Wednesday 26 September, that PC Karen Jones of the Haringey child protection team, along with social worker Ms Lisa Arthurworrey, was unwilling to visit Victoria's home in case she was exposed to scabies, even though she was apparently content for the child to live there.

Also - according to Mr Garnham - after interviewing Victoria, largely in English, PC Jones and Ms Arthurworrey decided there was no evidence of a crime and therefore no grounds for seeking police protection. This decision was reached despite evidence of scarring on the girl from a belt buckle.

In addition, it took PC Jones more than two months - said Mr Garnham - to get round to inviting Marie-Therese Kouao, Victoria's great-aunt, to a police station for an interview after she alleged that Victoria had been sexually abused by her boyfriend, Carl Manning, in November 1999. PC Jones will give evidence to the Inquiry on Monday.

Appearing on Tuesday, will be Julian Kimbidima, a friend of Kouao, who - according to Mr Garnham - refused a request from Haringey social services to take in Victoria and Kouao for a period of six months. Even more disconcerting, adds Mr Garnham, is the fact that social workers did not assess the Kimbidima home, during the short period that Victoria did stay with the family, to ensure that the girl's welfare was safeguarded.





Contacts:


Paul Rees, Communications Manager
Tel: 020 7972 1999
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 355
paul.rees@victoriaclimbie.org

                or

Lara Williams, Press Officer
Tel: 020 7972 2018
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 468
lara.williams@victoriaclimbie.org

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Friday 9 November
WITNESSES TO BE CALLED IN WEEK BEGINNING 12 NOVEMBER


THE DOCTOR who - according to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry leading counsel - said that the eight-year-old could leave the North Middlesex hospital, despite being sure the girl had been abused, will give evidence next week (12-16 November).

Neil Garnham QC said, in his opening statement to the Inquiry, that consultant paediatrician Dr Mary Rossiter wrote on Victoria's notes 'able to discharge' despite the fact another doctor, Dr Maureen Ann Meates, says Dr Rossiter was 'adamant' Victoria, who stayed at the hospital for two weeks in summer 1999, had been abused.

By the time Dr Rossiter wrote 'able to discharge' on the hospital documents, on 2 August, she had - according to Mr Garnham - noted that Victoria was exhibiting signs of neglect, emotional abuse and physical abuse.

Dr Rossiter has subsequently argued, stated Mr Garnham, that by writing 'able to discharge' she did not mean she wanted Victoria to go home, merely that she was physically fit to leave. Mr Garnham said: 'Quite how the subtlety of that distinction was to be ascertained from the notes is far from obvious.' Dr Rossiter will take the stand on Monday.

Among those appearing on Thursday will be PC Karen Jones, of the Haringey child protection team, who - said Mr Garnham - along with the Haringey council social worker Lisa Arthurworrey, was unwilling to visit Victoria's home for fear of catching scabies, even though she was apparently content for the child to live there.

Mr Garnham also said that after interviewing Victoria, largely in English, PC Jones and Ms Arthurworrey decided there was no evidence of a crime and therefore no grounds for seeking police protection. Mr Garnham added that it took PC Jones more than two months to get round to inviting Marie-Therese Kouao, Victoria's great-aunt, to a police station for an interview after she alleged that Victoria had been sexually abused by her boyfriend, Carl Manning, in November 1999.





Contacts:


Paul Rees, Communications Manager
Tel: 020 7972 1999
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 355
paul.rees@victoriaclimbie.org

                or

Lara Williams, Press Officer
Tel: 020 7972 2018
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 468
lara.williams@victoriaclimbie.org

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Friday 2 November
WITNESSES TO BE CALLED IN WEEK BEGINNING 5 NOVEMBER


THE POLICE officer who - according to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry leading counsel - lifted police protection from the eight-year-old girl without interviewing her will give evidence next week (5-9 November).

Neil Garnham QC said, in his opening statement to the Inquiry on Wednesday 26 September, that PC Rachel Dewar lifted police protection after being told that paediatrician Dr Ruby Schwartz believed the injuries Victoria was carrying, when admitted to the Central Middlesex hospital, were caused by the girl scratching herself following a scabies infection.

Mr Garnham told the investigation that PC Dewar lifted police protection without having seen Victoria, even though the Children Act 1989 says that after taking a child into protection, the officer concerned shall, among other things, inform the child of the steps that have been, and will be, taken; ascertain the wishes and feelings of the child and ensure that the case is properly enquired into.

At the time PC Dewar made the decision to lift police protection, in July 1999, she was attending a child protection seminar. Mr Garnham said: 'We will need to ask why it was thought more important for her to attend a seminar to learn how to deal with child protection cases than deal with the real child protection case for which she was responsible at the time.' PC Dewar will give evidence to the Inquiry on Tuesday 6 November.

Appearing later on the same day, will be PC Dewar's superior, at the time, DI Michael Anderson, who - according to Mr Garnham - believed the police had no option but to remove protection from Victoria because of Dr Schwartz's diagnosis.

Details of the other witnesses to appear next week are on the Inquiry website at www.victoria-climbie-inquiry.org.uk.





Contacts:


Paul Rees, Communications Manager
Tel: 020 7972 1999
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 355
paul.rees@victoriaclimbie.org

                or

Lara Williams, Press Officer
Tel: 020 7972 2018
Fax: 020 7972 1981
Mobile: 07884 473 468
lara.williams@victoriaclimbie.org

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