The controversy and public outcry over the death of young Baby P simply refuses to go away. Today, the identities of the killers of the 17 month-old boy were finally revealed.
Mother, Tracy Connelly, and her partner Steven Barker, were both jailed. The boy died in the same London borough, Haringey, as Victoria Climbie nearly eight years earlier.
In a separate development, Sharon Shoesmith, the former head of the council’s children’s department, and several other high-ranking officers are planning to sue Haringey for issues including unfair dismissal, and sex discrimination. Shoesmith is also planning to sue the government over the way that she was removed from her post. There will be a vicious legal battle… one in which only the lawyers will be the winners.
Elsewhere, the council continues to pull itself apart in public over how to address its failings. As I previously posted on this blog, they are in a deep hole, politically, financially and socially. Who in anybody’s right mind would want to work in an area which has such a poor reputation and is chaotic as Haringey?
While all this is happening, the borough’s vulnerable children will continue to be denied the basic help and care they so desperately need. Another tragic death cannot be ruled out.