Police officers to face misconduct charge over Climbie case

    Six Metropolitan Police Service Officers are to face formal
    misconduct charges for alleged failing to perform their duties in
    relation to the care of Victoria Climbie, writes Amy
    Taylor
    .

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission announced this week
    that that one police constable, three police sergeants, a detective
    inspector and a detective chief inspector should face the
    charges.

    In addition two other police officers, a chief superintendent
    and a detective inspector, will not be formally disciplined but
    will receive “words of advice” over a failure to perform their
    duties.

    The Metropolitan Police Authority, who have ultimate
    responsibility for internal discipline matters involving officers
    of senior rank, have been asked to consider whether to take action
    against a temporary commander and a commander who are still under
    investigation.

    The announcement follows the Independent Police Complaints
    Commissions final decision on the inquiry into Brent and Haringey
    police’s child protection teams’ responses to incidents
    concerning Victoria before she died.

    Laurence Lustgarten, IPCC commissioner for North West London,
    said: “The inquiry was fair and objective, and looked at the
    actions of officers of all rank. The tribunal will be arranged by
    the Metropolitan Police Service.”

    A date for the tribunal will be set in due course.

    The General Medical Council is “looking into issues”
    concerning consultant paediatrician Ruby Schwartz who overruled
    early-suspicions of non-accidental injury to Victoria and diagnosed
    scabies instead. It refused to say if it enquiries related to her
    treatment of Victoria

    Schwartz allowed Victoria to be discharged without
    investigating, GP, school or childminding. She assumed the latter
    two would be investigated by social services.

    She has admitted that she failed to take clinical responsibility
    for Victoria’s discharge and her notes had been
    “totally inadequate”. A date for a public hearing has
    not been set.

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