Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Haringey Is Blamed for Failure to Protect Yet Another At-Risk Victim

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Haringey Is Blamed for Failure to Protect Yet Another At-Risk Victim

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Byline: JACK LEFLEY AND PAUL CHESTON

HARINGEY council was today embroiled in another child protection scandal as details of the girl's ordeal emerged.

The beleaguered authority, which was pilloried over the death of Baby P, faced questions about how it allowed another child on its protection register to suffer abuse.

Meetings with care workers again failed to prevent a vulnerable child being left in harm's way.

And again it happened on the watch of disgraced former head of children's services Sharon Shoesmith -- who is fighting a [pounds sterling]1 million compensation battle against her sacking.

The sex attack by Baby P's stepfather illustrated further the betrayal of the most vulnerable children.

It is the latest of several scandals to hit the north London authority, which had seen two of the worst child protection cases in British history -- one being the case of Baby P, who died on 3 August 2007 with multiple injuries despite many visits from social workers, doctors and police.

The 17-month-old's mother, 28, her 32-year-old boyfriend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and their lodger,

Jason Owen, are awaiting sentence for causing or allowing his death.

Seven years earlier eight-year-old Victoria Climbie died after months of abuse and torture at the hands of her great aunt and the woman's boyfriend.

Again blunders allowed her ordeal to continue despite the fact she was seen by several social workers, nurses, doctors and police officers.

Victoria's death sparked a 15-month public inquiry led by Lord Laming who, in 2003, laid bare fatal flaws in social care and made 108 recommendations.

But four years later the case of Baby P put Haringey back under the spotlight.

He died in his bloodsplattered cot with more than 50 injuries despite being on the child protection register. Two days before his death hospital doctor Sabah al-Zayyat failed to spot eight fractured ribs and his broken back. …

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