Clive Preece challenges sacking over Baby P case

    Clive Preece, former head of children in need and safeguarding at Haringey, is appealing the councils’ decision to sack him over the Baby P case.

    The news comes after it emerged that three other Haringey employees – Maria Ward, Baby Peter’s social worker, Cecilia Hitchen, deputy director of children’s services and team manager Gillie Christou – were also appealing their dismissals.

    The sacked director of children’s services Sharon Shoesmith has also lodged a claim for unfair dismissal against the council and a separate judicial review challenge against the role of Ofsted, the council and children’s secretary Ed Balls, whom she is accusing of “unlawful” decision-making. Her case is expected to be heard early next year.

    In December 2008 Christou and Ward were suspended from working by the General Social Care Council.

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