Profiles: Key figures in the Baby P case
Maria Ward – social worker
Ward, 39, was assigned to Baby P’s case on February 2 2007, 14 months after joining Haringey council. She made her first visit to the child on February 22. During a visit in March, she noticed Baby P headbutting the floor and referred him to the Child Development Centre. She also picked up on injuries in June but did not notice anything wrong four days before his death, saying he “appeared well”.
Urgent inquiry into childcare ordered
The government last night ordered an urgent inquiry into the care of children in the borough where 17-month-old Baby P died after months of abuse and neglect. The announcement of the investigation followed a furious row in the Commons between Gordon Brown and David Cameron over the case, in which the Speaker of the house had to intervene repeatedly.
Politicians call for action over Baby P case
Amid a growing political storm over the abuse and killing of a 17-month-old baby boy on an “at-risk” register, Haringey Council’s director of children’s services, Sharon Shoesmith, appeared determined to remain in her job last night, as yet another inquiry into the authority’s apparent failings was ordered – this time by the Secretary of State for Children, Ed Balls.
Jeremy Laurance: Social workers need more support too
The scandal of Baby P has placed the role of the individuals assigned to protect him in the spotlight. Unlike previous child abuse scandals in which the victims have slipped through the net, unnoticed until it was too late, Baby P was recognised as being at risk of child abuse and placed on the child protection register eight months before he died.
Beatrix Campbell: Attack the professionals, and a tragedy like Baby P will result
Poor Baby P. His was a death foretold. We were warned. All those reforms of child protection systems, and we lost sight of the child in peril. Reports will be written that slap the usual suspects – professionals who failed to see the signs, or follow the guidelines, or communicate with each other, or get their files in order.
Have you no shame?
The Sun today demands justice for Baby P — and vows not to rest until those disgracefully ducking blame for failing the tot are sacked.
Four social workers and the doctor who could not spot the 17-month-old had a broken back are named and shamed on the right.
As all defiantly carry on working today — and with still no apology over the horror that shocked the nation — we call on our army of outraged readers to join our crusade.
We urge you to sign our petition for them to be kicked out of their jobs.
Police rule out any murder at care home
Jersey’s most senior police officer was suspended yesterday as detectives concluded that no children had been murdered in the former care home at the centre of a £4.5m investigation into child abuse.
Graham Power, Jersey’s chief of police, oversaw the historic abuse inquiry into the Haut de la Garenne children’s home. In February police announced that they had found the “potential remains of a child” buried under the Victorian building and about £1.5m was spent on excavations.
Read more on this story in The Guardian
Baby and toddler found dead at house
A 21-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of a baby and a toddler were found at a house.
The three-month-old baby and the child of three were discovered at a property in the Cheetham Hill area of Greater Manchester just before 6pm yesterday.
Officers were alerted to the property in Kilmington Drive following reports of child welfare concerns.
£1bn contract will save 3,000 post offices
Ministers are expected to give a reprieve today to 3,000 post offices threatened by closure when the government announces that the Post Office can retain its £1bn five- year contract to distribute benefits to 4.3 million claimants.
Under-25s bear brunt as firms make big cuts in recruitment
The number of young people out of work reached a 13-year high in September as British companies cut recruitment sharply in an attempt to weather the recession.
Vetting blunders label 12,000 innocent people as paedophiles, violent thugs and thieves
More than 12,200 innocent people have been branded criminals by bungling police and Government officials, it has been revealed.
The incorrect records showing them to be paedophiles, violent thugs or other convicts were disclosed to schools, hospitals, nurseries and voluntary groups by the Criminal Records Bureau.
Read more on this story in The Daily Mail