Victoria Climbie social workers sacked

Two Haringey social workers involved in the case of Victoria
Climbie have been sacked for gross misconduct following
disciplinary hearings held in September but reported today
(Tuesday), writes Sally Gillen.

Lisa Arthurworrey, Victoria’s allocated worker, was
suspended in October 2000 and her manager Angella Mairs, was
suspended in March 2001, after the eight-year-old’s death in
February 2000.

Both gave evidence to the public inquiry, chaired by Lord
Laming, which will report at the end of the year.

During the inquiry, Arthurworrey said that Mairs had destroyed
case file notes, a claim she denied.

Arthurworrey was herself criticised for failing to carry out
home visits with a police officer because she feared catching

Neither attended the hearings, which were chaired by an unnamed
assistant director. A council spokesperson confirmed that Mairs did
not intend to appeal the decision, but Arthurworrey, whose hearing
lasted two days, planned appeal within the next few weeks.

Victoria’s great aunt Marie-Therese Kouao and lover Carl
Manning were convicted of her murder and jailed for life in January

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