Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Nurse who helps protect children is made a dame

Full Story: http://www.stopinjusticenow.com/News_0898.htm

A London nurse who was instrumental in improving child protection after the murder of Victoria Climbie has been made a Dame of the British Empire.
Donna Kinnair, director of nursing at Southwark primary care trust, was an adviser to Lord Laming throughout his inquiry into the eight-year-old's death.
The child was neglected, tortured and abused in Tottenham at the hands of her great-aunt Marie-Therese Kouao and her boyfriend Karl Manning. The inquiry heard how social workers and medics failed to react to the danger she was in and missed a series of chances to intervene.
Since then, Dame Donna, a mother of three from Hackney, has fought for better communication between health and social services.
She was made a dame in the Queen's annual birthday honours list. "My daughter was the same age as Victoria had been when I was working on the Laming inquiry," she said. "It had a huge impact on my life and I struggled with the fact that I was part of a profession which could have done better.
"It is very difficult to judge your peers but if the Climbie case taught us anything it is that we must work together in partnership to make sure no other child slips through the net."
Dame Donna, 47, has been a nurse for 25 years. Her career began in 1983 when she trained at the Princess Alexandra School of Nursing at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Her first job was in east London, working with HIV and intensive care patients.
She became a health visitor in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets, then completed a masters degree in medical law and ethics, which led her to specialise in child protection in south London.

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