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"Devastating findings", "a failure to talk directly to children at risk" and "Deep-rooted and fundamental failures."These are just some of the comments made by the Children's Secretary Ed Balls over the damning independent report on the handling of the case of Baby P.In its wake, Haringey's Social Services Chief Sharon Shoesmith was removed from her post, whilst Haringey Council leader George Meehan and Cabinet Member for children and young people Liz Santry resigned.Key failingsThe key failings highlighted in the report include:- Failure to identify children at immediate risk of harm and to act on evidence. This included a failure to talk to children believed to be at risk.- Agencies acting in isolation from one another without effective co-ordination.-Poor gathering, recording and sharing of information.- Insufficient supervision by senior management.ActionAction to be taken includes:- A new serious case review to be undertaken into the death of Baby P, with an executive summary to be published by the end of March.- Education watchdog Ofsted to carry out unannounced annual inspections of children's services across the country.- More action to be taken at those authorities in England which have had inadequate serious case reviews, to see if they have made improvements.
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