Saturday, 2 May 2009

Council sacks four more Baby P workers... without any payoffs

The council at the centre of the Baby P abuse scandal has sacked four more staff over the tragedy.
Three managers and a social worker were dismissed over their failures to protect the 17-month-old boy and over a damning Government report into children's services in Haringey.
Officials at the North London borough said none of them would receive compensation payouts.
But the two most senior managers had already pocketed a total of almost Pfund40,000 in pay while they were suspended from work over the scandal.
Baby P's social worker, Maria Ward, who saw him at least nine times in the eight months he was on the child protection register, was among those sacked.
She, her team manager, Gillie Christou, and Haringey's head of safeguarding children, Clive Preece, were sacked for gross misconduct.
A fourth official, Cecilia Hitchen, was dismissed for 'loss of trust and confidence' following the damning Ofsted inspection into children's services, a Haringey spokesman said.
She was deputy to Sharon Shoesmith, the head of children's services in Haringey at the time.
Baby P, who cannot be named for legal reasons, died in August 2007 after suffering more than 50 injuries at the hands of his mother, her boyfriend and their lodger.
They will be sentenced later this year for causing or allowing the death of a child.

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