Four More Staff Sacked Over Baby P failings

Four more people have been sacked by Haringey Council for failings in the care of the child named only as Baby P, it has emerged.

Deputy Head of the Children and Families Department, Cecelia Hitchen has been dismissed, along with a social worker Maria Ward, the Team Manager Gillie Christou and the Head of Safeguarding Services, Clive Preece.

A Haringey spokesman said Ms Hitchen was sacked for "loss of trust and confidence" following last year's damning Ofsted report. The other employees were axed for gross misconduct.

The General Social Care Council has also interim suspension orders against Maria Ward and Gillie Christou.

A fifth, social worker Sylvia Henry, had no action taken against her because there was no case to answer, the council found.

The sackings follow that of NI-born Sharon Shoesmith as the boss of the London authority's Children's Services Unit in December.

She was was dismissed without compensation after a critical Ofsted report.

Baby P - who cannot be named for legal reasons - died aged 17 months, following a catalogue of injuries inflicted from his mother and another man in August 2007.

The toddler had received more than 50 injuries, despite having been visited 60 times from doctors, police and social workers over a period of eight months.

Following the Baby P case the Government asked Lord Laming to carry out a nationwide review of child welfare services.

On March 12 the report attacked public bodies for failing to put recommendations made six years before, into practice.


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