TWO SOCIAL workers who admitted a string of failings in their care of Baby Peter will be free to return to practice months after they escaped being struck off yesterday.
A disciplinary panel, which heard that 17-month-old Peter Connelly might still be alive if Maria Ward and Gillie Christou had done their jobs properly, suspended Ward for two months and Christou for four.
But the General Social Care Council (GSCC) committee ruled that to remove them from the social care register would be a disproportionate reaction to their mistakes.
Ms Ward, 40, and Ms Christou, 52, admitted failing to ensure the little boy was visited frequently enough, losing contact with him for a time and not keeping adequate records.
Peter Connelly died in his blood-spattered cot in Tottenham, north London, on 3 August 2007. He had suffered more than 50 injuries despite being on Haringey Council's at-risk register and receiving 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals over eight months.
His mother, Tracey Connelly, her boyfriend Steven Barker, and his brother, Jason Owen, were jailed in May last year for causing or allowing Peter's death. …