Baby P

Baby “P”
Following the conviction of two men and a woman for causing, or allowing the death of “Baby P”, the Secretary of State for children, schools and families, Ed Balls, instructed Ofsted, along with the Healthcare Commission and the Chief Inspector of the Metropolitan police, to carry out an urgent review of services to children and young people in the London borough of Haringey. They were instructed to pay strict attention to safeguarding, and how to prevent any further occurrences.
In a press statement given on 1 December 2008, Mr Balls said:
‘The whole nation has been shocked and moved by the tragic and horrific death of Baby P. All of us find it impossible to comprehend how adults could commit such terrible acts of evil against this little boy. And the public is angry that nobody stepped in to prevent this tragedy from happening.
‘I want to say very clearly at the outset: social workers, police officers, GPs, health professionals, all the people who work to keep children safe, do a very difficult job, often in really challenging circumstances – all around the country and in particular in Haringey.
‘They make difficult judgements every day that help to keep children safe – and many of them are unsung heroes.
‘But they must also be accountable for their decisions. And where things go badly wrong, people are right to want to know why and what will be done about it. In the case of Baby P, things did go tragically wrong.’
Following the conviction of the three for causing or allowing Peter’s death there was a national outcry over standards at the social services department and its leadership. The court case highlighted many areas of concern from visits by social workers to leadership decisions.
As a consequence of the joint area review, both the leader of Haringey Council and the lead member for children’s services announced their resignations The Council sacked the Director of children’s services without compensation.
The Healthcare Commission...