‘Good progress’ at Baby P council

Article Source: Health And Fitness Journal

Ofsted inspectors are expected to say later that children’s services at the council criticised over the death of baby Peter Connolly have improved.

The 17-month-old was seen repeatedly by social workers at Haringey Council, in London, before he died in August 2007 with more than 50 injuries.

His mother, her ex-partner and another man have been jailed over his death.

In its previous report, the lead Ofsted inspector said the council’s children’s department was the "worst ever seen".

Extra spending

The report due to be published by Ofsted looked at the quality of child protection in Haringey and is expected to say that standards have improved.

Ofsted’s previous report was scathing about the way the department was run and said there had been a failure to identify children at immediate risk of harm.

The lead inspector in the review of Haringey’s services, Heather Brown, had said: "The concerns that arose from this exercise were extremely serious – fundamental to the way that safeguarding systems were operating in Haringey."

She said the quality of practice in the department had been the "worst I had ever seen", with "only a single example of good practice" found in the whole inspection.

It had been claimed at the time of Peter’s death that the department was facing budget cuts.

But since then the government has spent £2m to improve child protection in the borough.

Haringey’s former director of children’s services, Sharon Shoesmith, is awaiting a High Court judgement over the circumstances surrounding her dismissal from her job, claiming Ofsted, the government and Haringey Council acted unlawfully. </p

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