Two social workers sacked by Haringey council in the wake of the Baby Peter tragedy have been given permission to take their case against the authority to the Court of Appeal.
Social worker Maria Ward and manager Gillie Christie have argued they were unfairly dismissed by the council following public outrage over the death of 17-month-old Peter Connelly.
The pair appealed against an employment tribunal ruling, which in 2010 found they were fairly sacked, but lost their appeal in May. The tribunal found Haringey acted reasonably in sacking the workers over their involvement in the high-profile tragedy.
Ward and Christou are being supported by former Haringey director of children’s services Sharon Shoesmith, who was herself found to have been unfairly dismissed by the council in a landmark Court of Appeal ruling last year.
Speaking to Community Care today, Sharon Shoesmith said she was very pleased by the development, which she hoped would “encourage social workers everywhere”.
More information: Baby Peter case in Haringey
- And do check out Roy Greenslade’s blog in the Guardian for some interesting comments on media reporting of the Baby Peter case and the news that the Sun newspaper has, yet again, changed its stance on the high-profile tragedy – this time sharing out the blame, as opposed to its previous default position of heaping it all on social workers.