Haringey criticised over scalding case

    An independent serious case review into the scalding of a
    two-year-old boy has criticised Haringey Council in London.

    The boy, who cannot be identified, pulled a kettle of boiling water
    over himself in February 2003, burning 28 per cent of his
    body.

    Despite an earlier council child protection investigation
    concluding that the incident was an accident, the serious case
    review finds poor record-keeping and a lack of communication
    between GPs, health visitors, social workers and mental health
    service workers at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey mental health
    trust.

    Just two months before the incident, the boy’s mother was diagnosed
    with a depressive disorder with psychotic features, including
    fabricated induced illness syndrome.

    Ron Aitken, Liberal Democrat social services spokesperson for
    Haringey, said the case showed a lack of thinking outside
    individual workers’ narrow professional remits.

    Anne Bristow, Haringey’s social services director, insisted that,
    although there might have been better working together, “that was
    not likely to stop the accident happening”.

    But she added that, as a result of the review, risk assessments of
    parents with mental health problems would now include their
    children.

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