Lisa Arthurworrey, the social worker who was severely criticised
in the Laming report for failing to spot any signs of abuse on
Victoria Climbié, is appealing against her dismissal from
Haringey social services for gross misconduct.
If she takes her case to an employment tribunal and wins she
could get a maximum of £52,600 in compensation. The
32-year-old is reported to have suffered a breakdown from the
strain of the case.
Although stating that Arthurworrey made many mistakes in the
case, the report also says she was badly let down by managers at
Haringey, particularly her line manager Carole Baptiste, who
herself suffered from mental illness.
Ten police officers are under investigation by the Directorate
of Professional Standards, an organisation run by the Metropolitan
Police and supervised by the Police Complaints Authority. There is
a mixture of senior and junior police officers under investigation,
which is expected to be completed in a fortnight.