Climbie: Inquiry stories2

 

Haringey chief
executive summoned to inquiry
The chief executive of Haringey council has been
`invited` to attend the Victoria Climbie inquiry to explain why the
council has not submitted all documents relevant to the case.
Dec 10, 2001
Manager denies
removing Victoria Climbie case file
The social work manager accused of removing pages
from Victoria Climbie’s file after her death wholeheartedly
rejected the allegations today (Friday) during her evidence to the
inquiry.
Dec 7, 2001 
Social work office in
worse state than at time of Victoria Climbie`s death, inquiry
told
The situation at Haringey council’s north Tottenham
office could be even worse today than when Victoria Climbie died,
the public inquiry into the eight-year-old’s death heard
today.
Dec 7, 2001
Victoria Climbie
inquiry forced to take on extra staff
The Victoria Climbie Inquiry has been forced to
employ extra staff to cope with the new material provided by
Haringey council, which is almost three times as much as originally
believed.
Dec 7, 2001 
Social work manager
summoned to court
Carole Baptiste, the Haringey social worker manager
who has failed to give evidence to the inquiry into Victoria
Climbie’s death, has been summoned to appear at Camberwell
Green magistarates court.
Dec 6, 2001
Team leader faces
fine or prison for refusing to co-operate with Laming
The manager responsible for supervising Victoria
Climbie’s social worker could face a six-month prison sentence or a
£1,000 fine after failing to attend and give evidence to the
public inquiry into Victoria’s death.
Dec 6, 2001
Laming summons
Haringey director to inquiry
Chairperson of the Victoria Climbie Inquiry Lord
Herbert Laming issued a summons requiring the director of Haringey
social services to appear before him on Monday morning to produce
missing files.
Nov 30, 2001
Counsel to demand
Kouao’s presence
Victoria Climbie’s great aunt will be
required to give evidence in person to the public inquiry into the
girl’s death.
Nov 29, 2001 
Laming asks to see
withheld evidence
Chairperson of the Victoria Climbie Inquiry Lord
Laming rejected attempts by Haringey Council this week to withhold
“essential” evidence from the independent inquiry into
Victoria’s death.
Nov 29, 2001 
Key social worker in
Climbie case complained of ‘poor supervision’
The Haringey social worker responsible for Victoria
Climbie’s case told the independent inquiry into the girl’s death
that she had been “out of her depth”, overworked, and poorly
supervised throughout her handling of the case.
Nov 29, 2001

Haringey told
to hand over evidence in Victoria Climbie inquiry

Chairperson of the Victoria Climbie Inquiry Lord
Herbert Laming rejected attempts by Haringey council to withhold
`essential` evidence relevant to Victoria’s death, writes
Lauren Revans.
Nov 27, 2001 
Social worker in
doubt over stolen file allegation
Haringey social worker Lisa Arthurworrey told the
Victoria Climbie Inquiry she had not known who to report her
manager Angella Mairs to when she witnessed her removing a page
from Victoria Climbie’s file after the girl’s death.
Nov 26, 2001 
Great aunt to give
evidence at Climbie inquiry
Victoria Climbie’s great aunt will be required to
give evidence in person to the public inquiry looking into the
girl’s death.
Nov 23, 2001 
Social worker admits
to `big error of judgement` in Climbie case
Victoria Climbie’s allocated social worker, Lisa
Arthurworrey, admitted to the public inquiry into the
eight-year-old’s death that she had made a “big error of judgement”
the day she believed the case was no longer one of child
protection.
Nov 22, 2001 
Home visit refused by
police officer
A police officer refused to visit Victoria
Climbie’s home because she feared she would contract scabies, the
inquiry into the eight-year-old’s death has heard.
Nov 22, 2001 
Laming slams
council’s solicitor
Lord Laming, chairperson of the Victoria Climbie
inquiry, made a blistering attack on Haringey Council’s solicitor
this week for attempting to influence the conduct of the
inquiry.
Nov 15, 2001 
Tensions between
health and social services revealed at Climbie inquiry
Tensions between health professionals and social
workers over attendance at crucial information sharing meetings
were outlined at the Victoria Climbie inquiry.
Nov 13, 2001 
Brent social worker
tells Climbie inquiry she would have acted differently with more
information
The Brent social worker who was responsible for
withdrawing police protection from Victoria Climbie the day after
she was admitted to hospital has told the Laming inquiry that she
would have acted differently had she been aware of a previous
referral regarding Victoria.
Oct 12, 2001 
Laming interrupts
Climbie inquiry for investigation at Brent
Lord Laming took the unusual step of interrupting
proceedings at the Climbie inquiry to order an investigation into
Brent council’s current working practices, after hearing that
case files were closed prematurely, unaccompanied minors have been
placed in bed and breakfast and that young people were being turned
away.
Oct 11, 2001 
Ealing claim fault
lay in big caseload
The Climbie inquiry heard that during the
three-months Ealing dealt with Kouao and Victoria social services
had never completed an assessment of the child’s individual needs,
made a home visit, or found out why she was not placed in a
school.
Oct 11, 2001 
Inquiry hears of
Brent chaos
Brent Council’s social services department was
operating in an environment of administrative chaos in which case
files went missing daily and faxed referrals from the One Stop Shop
were left to pile up on the floor, at the time Victoria Climbie’s
case was being dealt with in June 1999, eight months before her
death.

Oct 11, 2001 

Councils in Climbie
case under fire as alarms sound on child protection
Councillors at Haringey and Brent Councils were
placed in the firing line at the opening of the Victoria Climbie
Inquiry last week over spending cuts in children’s services prior
to Climbie’s death.
Oct 4, 2001 
Lead social worker
was ‘overworked’
The Haringey social worker allocated to Climbie’s
case told the public inquiry on its second day that she had been
overworked, ill-informed, and inadequately supervised in her
work.
Oct 4, 2001 
Norfolk admits to
‘crucial mistakes’
The director of Norfolk social services, David
Wright, is to ask the Climbie inquiry to examine the particular
stresses faced by individual social workers which may lead to
errors.
Oct 4, 2001 
Climbie`s social
worker outlines defence
Lisa Arthurworrey, the Haringey social worker
allocated to Victoria Climbie’s case, told the public inquiry
into the girl’s death that she had been overworked,
ill-informed, and inadequately supervised in her work.
Sep 28, 2001 
Staff evidence to be
heard in November
Social workers at the centre of the Victoria
Climbie inquiry, which opens this week, will not be called to give
evidence until November, the provisional witness timetable
published this week.
Sep 27, 2001 
Is
Laming inquiry impartial?
More than 70 per cent of visitors to Community
Care’s website believe the Laming inquiry panel investigating the
death of Victoria Climbie is not independent enough.
Jun 14, 2001 
Laming promises
openness
The statutory inquiry into the death of Victoria
Climbie was launched last week with renewed promises of openness,
thoroughness and independence.
Jun 7, 2001 
Laming inquiry `not
independent enough`
The lawyer behind high-profile child death
inquiries in the 1980s has questioned the suitability of Herbert
Laming and his team of assessors to lead a truly independent
inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie.
Jun 5, 2001 
FULL TRANSCRIPT OF
INTERVIEW WITH LORD LAMING ON THE VICTORIA CLIMBIE
INQUIRY
Transcript of an interview with Lord Herbert
Laming, head of the Victoria Climbie Inquiry, by Lauren Revans,
chief reporter, Community Care.
May 10, 2001 

Lord Laming
calls for contributions to inquiry

Organisations and individuals with opinions on the
child protection system should see the statutory inquiry into the
death of Victoria Climbie as a golden opportunity to make their
voices heard, chairperson Herbert Laming told Community
Care.
May 10, 2001 
Don’t rewrite the
rules
The delay in the inquiry into the death of Victoria
Climbie will deeply affect the agencies involved.
May 4, 2001 
Laming inquiry remit
‘should be broadened’
The announcement of the terms of reference of the
Laming inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie has prompted
concern that its remit is too narrow.
May 4, 2001 

Terms of
reference announced for delayed Victoria Climbie
inquiry

The department of health has announced the terms of
reference for the inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie.
Apr 20, 2001 

Call for
inquiry to consider caseloads

The British Association of Social Workers has urged
the Laming inquiry into Anna Climbie’s death to consider wider
issues such as social workers’ workload.
Apr 12, 2001 
Haringey on special
measures as inquiry launched
Health minister John Hutton promised a root and
branch reform of child protection procedures if a government
inquiry reports it is the only way to prevent another child dying
in the manner of of Anna Climbie.
Jan 18, 2001 
Laming to head
inquiry
Former chief inspector of social services, Lord
Laming will be conducting the statutory inquiry into the events
surrounding the death of Anna Climbie.
Jan 18, 2001 (Magazine) 
Killers of Anna
Climbie given life sentences
Government announces independent statutory inquiry
and places Haringey social services under special measures (new
version of story).
Jan 12, 2001 
Lord Laming tells
Community Care about his plans for inquiry
Lord Herbert Laming, former chief inspector of
social services, will be conducting the statutory inquiry into the
events surrounding the death of Anna Climbie.
Jan 12, 2001 

Inquiry to
follow Anna Climbie verdict

A government inquiry was expected to be launched
this week into how social services departments and police failed to
protect an eight-year-old girl from a life of cruelty and neglect
by adoptive mother and boyfriend.
Jan 11, 2001 

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