News round-up: Officials who failed Baby P are forced out

Officials who failed Baby P are forced out
Social workers will face annual spot checks as part of sweeping changes to children’s care after the Baby P tragedy in Haringey.

Read more on this story in The Times

Devastating report reveals Baby P failings
The head of children’s services in the London borough where Baby P died after months of persistent injury and neglect was dismissed from her post yesterday as the government responded to a damning report into the council’s failings.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Thousands more children at risk
Thousands of Britain’s most vulnerable children are at risk because councils are failing to move swiftly enough to protect them from abuse, it emerged last night.

Read more on this story in The Independent

Baby P social workers are still drawing full pay while on suspension
Angry MPs yesterday said it was a disgrace the three senior social workers suspended yesterday over the Baby P tragedy are on full pay.

Read more on this story in The Daily Mirror

Inquiry into Baby P’s death was a whitewash, says Ed Balls

The so-called ‘independent’ inquiry into Baby P’s death ordered by Sharon Shoesmith was dismissed as a whitewash yesterday.

Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

Report is devastating
Children’s secretary Ed Balls yesterday said a report into the failings of Haringey Council’s child protection services was “damning” and “devastating”.

Read more on this story in The Sun

Single parents on benefits ‘could have to work once child is one’
Single parents could be forced to prepare to return to work when their youngest child reaches the age of one under explosive plans to be unveiled today.
A welfare blueprint drawn up for ministers says they should be made to undertake work and skills training, keep their CV up to date and find out about day care.

Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

How the NHS betrayed Alzheimer’s patients
The scandal of widespread cutbacks in NHS care affecting thousands of Alzheimer’s patients is exposed today. Almost one in three health trusts admits axing vital services such as district nurses and day centres, leaving desperate families to struggle alone. Fewer than half are running clinics to spot early signs of Alzheimer’s despite soaring numbers of patients
Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

State urged to help deprived children to communicate
The state should intervene to help bring up the nation’s most disadvantaged children, to tackle a cycle of deprivation which has its roots in poor parenting, according to a report from two thinktanks.
Pupils starting primary school increasingly need to be taught to speak because they have heard little language at home beyond the “daily grunt” from their parents, according to the report. It also says that children growing up in the most deprived homes need lessons in empathy and self-control.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

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