Social services errors led to death of baby, says inquiry – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2008 in child abuse, news, social services by sally

“A series of errors by social services and health staff allowed a baby girl to stay with her violent father and incompetent mother before she was shaken to death, an inquiry concluded today.”

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The Guardian, 5th December 2008

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Costs, targets, paperwork: why the system fails children at risk – The Times

Posted December 4th, 2008 in child abuse, social services, special report by sally

“Ed Balls moved swiftly to remove Sharon Shoesmith from her post, and states that every local council must learn the lessons of Baby P’s death. But in many ways, Shoesmith was the perfect children’s director for the new-look Department for Children, Schools and Families.”

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The Times, 4th December 2008

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Staff ‘too timid’ on child abuse – BBC News

Posted December 3rd, 2008 in child abuse, news, social services by sally

“Professionals must not be too reluctant to remove children from abusive parents, a group of experts has said.”

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BBC News, 3rd December 2008

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Thousands more children at risk – The Independent

Posted December 2nd, 2008 in child abuse, news, social services by sally

“Huge crackdown on children’s services after Baby P inquiry as 28 councils are named and shamed over failed care.”

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The Independent, 2nd December 2008

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Devastating report reveals Baby P failings – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2008 in child abuse, news, social services by sally

“The head of children’s services in the London borough where Baby P died after months of persistent injury and neglect was dismissed from her post yesterday as the government responded to a damning report into the council’s failings.”

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2008

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Three suspended over Baby P case – BBC News

Posted December 1st, 2008 in child abuse, disciplinary procedures, news, social services by sally

“Three people have been suspended on full pay from Haringey Council after a ‘damning’ inspectors’ report into the case of Baby P.”

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BBC News, 1st December 2008

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Agencies face row over ‘unspeakable abuse’ by father who raped and impregnated sisters – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2008 in incest, news, rape, social services by sally

“Child protection agencies in Lincolnshire and Sheffield are bracing themselves for damning criticism over the case of a man who raped and impregnated his daughters, as details of ‘unspeakable’ abuse against the two women begin to emerge.”

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The Guardian, 27th November 2008

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Reforming adult social care legislation – Law Commission

Posted November 26th, 2008 in news, social services by sally

“A project to review the law relating to the provision of adult social care in England and Wales.”

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Law Commission, 26th November 2008

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Green light for care law overhaul – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2008 in news, social services by sally

“Ministers are giving the go-ahead for a fundamental reform of the ‘perplexing’ law governing adult social care in England and Wales, pulling together more than 30 acts of parliament passed over 60 years.”

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The Guardian, 26th November 2008

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Social services ‘set up CCTV camera in couple’s bedroom’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 24th, 2008 in investigatory powers, news, privacy, social services by sally

“Council staff are said to have spied on the young parents at night as part of a plan to see if they were fit to look after their baby, who was sleeping in another room. The mother and father were forced to cite the Human Rights Act, which protects the right to a private life, before the social services team backed down and agreed to switch off the surveillance camera while they were in bed together. The case is highlighted in a new dossier of human rights abuses carried out against vulnerable and elderly adults in nursing homes and hospitals across Britain.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th November 2008

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Government will not release detailed report into Baby P – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2008 in child abuse, news, social services by sally

“The government refused today to release a detailed report into the mistakes made by authorities in the Baby P case.”

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The Guardian, 20th November 2008

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Councils ‘systematically failing’ to learn from their mistakes in child care – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2008 in child abuse, education, news, social services by sally

“The most vulnerable children are being failed by ‘patently inadequate’ standards of care in the networks of schools, care workers and children’s homes established to protect them from abuse, according to the chief inspector of schools.”

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The Guardian, 19th November 2008

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Government to unveil new laws to protect vulnerable children – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2008 in child abuse, news, social services by sally

“No government reforms can ‘make good the evil’ that happened to Baby P, the children’s secretary, Ed Balls, said today.”

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The Guardian, 18th November 2008

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Nasty, brutish and short: The horrific life of Baby P – The Independent

Posted November 17th, 2008 in child abuse, news, social services by sally

“At just 17 months, a little boy was tortured to death. Why did social services fail to prevent this tragedy? Nina Lakhani and Andrew Johnson investigate.”

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The Independent, 16th November 2008

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Haringey ‘overruled’ attempt to put Baby P into care – The Guardian

Posted November 17th, 2008 in child abuse, news, social services by sally

“A senior manager at the social services department in Haringey, North London, overruled the concerns of colleagues and senior police officers to return Baby P to his mother and his eventual death, it has been claimed.”

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The Times, 17th November 2008

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Children and Young Persons Act 2008

Posted November 14th, 2008 in adoption, children, legislation, social services by sally

Children and Young Persons Act 2008 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Ministers defend action taken in wake of Baby P whistleblower – The Times

Posted November 14th, 2008 in child abuse, news, social services by sally

“The Government today claimed that it had followed ‘proper procedures’ in batting away a whistleblower’s complaint that social workers in Haringey were not dealing correctly with child abuse cases.”

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The Times, 14th November 2008

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Investigation called after child murder case with echoes of Climbie – The Times

Posted November 12th, 2008 in child abuse, murder, news, social services by sally

“A nationwide review of child protection has been ordered after a mother duped social workers into believing that a series of brutal injuries that led to her son’s death were accidental.”

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The Times, 12th November 2008

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Council criticised over care saga – BBC News

Posted November 12th, 2008 in care homes, elderly, news, social services by sally

“A council has been heavily criticised by a watchdog for its treatment of a man with learning difficulties.”

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BBC News, 12th November 2008

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Two men found guilty of causing Baby P’s death – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2008 in child abuse, news, social services by sally

“Two men have been found guilty at the Old Bailey of causing or allowing the death of a 17-month old baby in a case which highlighted one of the most severe child protection failures since the murder of Victoria Climbie.”

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The Guardian, 11th November 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk