We have all heard about Baby P. Despite being put on Haringey's Child Protection Register eight months before his death, social workers chose repeatedly to return him to his mother, against the advice of police who had twice arrested her on suspicion of assault. Baby P eventually died on August 3 after eight of his ribs were broken and his spine snapped - injuries apparently missed by a hospital doctor two days before his death. The council's director of children's services, Sharon Shoesmith, said formal written warnings had been given to two social workers and a lawyer. But the £100,000-a-year official said she did not expect to sack anyone, or for any of her officers to resign, adding: 'I certainly won't be resigning.' Haringey's decision to return Baby P to his mother effectively handed the child 'a death sentence', according to Mor Dioum, He said: 'The systematic failure by social services, police and health workers in this case is worse than in the Victoria Climbie tragedy. Haringey cannot be allowed to get away with it.' Haringey ordered its own serious case review into the death by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, whose chairman is Sharon Shoesmith. Mrs Shoesmith said: 'The child was killed by members of his own family. The agencies are not responsible for his death. The very sad fact is that you cannot stop people who are determined. If you disagree with the above statement from Mrs Shoesmith and believe that there still needs to be a full investigation into Haringey Council as to how Baby P was left in this terrible home then please sign this petition now. It may help to uncover the reasons as to why Baby P was allowed to be left in the hands of the people that would take his life... We cannot bring this beautiful boy back, but we can see justice done for this unspeakable crime and to ensure that measures are put into place so that this cannot happen to any other little boy or girl again. I want a full investigation into the death of Baby P, so I am signing now.....
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sarah bentley, United Kingdom6 years ago Comments: let us do everything we can that no more babies and children suffer evil abuse
EVELYN KILMURRY, United Kingdom6 years ago Comments: As a mother of a 20 month old baby boy, I am horrified and deeply upset at the abuse and death of baby P. The three adults who were responsible for this crime will never fully pay the price that they should for their inhuman actions, no charge of murder is to be levied at any one of them, and I feel very strongly that people in the social services child protection team must stand forward and accept responsibility for allowing this evil to happen, for it was their judgement and decision making that kept baby P in the hands of his abusers. Are we really supposed to believe the statement from the head of the team who were supposed to be his guardians and monitors that nothing could be done to prevent this horror from taking place Anyone at all who could have stopped this abuse from happening and failed to do so, all of the social workers, and the hospital doctor involved, all of these people who made a fatal judgement on baby P, either through their inadequacy, error, misconduct, or failure in their duty to protect, however unintentional that error, they should be held accountable, and most severely so. Baby P was a child who should have been protected by our Society, why did society fail him, why were his guardians so blind to his torture, it is time now for honesty and complete accountability.
GEORGE ROY, United Kingdom6 years ago Comments: The story of baby P’s cruel torture and death has overwhelmed me with anger and upset. I am a father of one child, a 20 month old baby boy, and when I look at my son I am haunted and horrified at the thought of the abuse of any child. Daily I have read the accusations that Haringey Council and its social services child protection team failed to intervene adequately in preventing baby P’s torture and death, and the failure of Haringey council has been exacerbated in my mind by the report that the Head of Children’s services Ms Sharon Shoesmith had refused to offer any responsibility that her department may have been ever so slightly wrong, or to even offer a carefully worded acknowledgement that perhaps more could have been done by her employees. Instead, we had to accept Ms Shoesmith clutching her paperwork, and brandishing her charts and graphs defensively, almost arrogantly at the media, and at the public, the truly horrified lookers on, and at all parents countrywide. We were expected to be reassured by her deeply cold hearted professionalism, where her reports supposedly told in length, and no doubt at public expense, that her department was doing well, that the boxes had been ticked and they had all passed with flying colours. The Leader of Haringey Council Mr George Meehan has now finally been obliged to come forward and make an apology, my response to this development, no doubt forced upon him by public and governing pressures, is that it is too little, too late, and not enough, not enough at all. I need to be reassured that we all care seriously to do something about this, that a baby cannot be harmed so cruelly in our society by evil people who are left to be its carers, and who torture a defenceless child under our very noses or while our backs are turned, or that social workers whom we employ to act as guardians and custodians of our civility towards our most defenceless citizens don’t fall into a sleep of ignorance in their job, or worse still that they become complacent. The three adults who were responsible for this crime will never truly pay the price that they should for their inhuman actions, as no charge of murder can be clearly levied at any one of them, and anyone else at all who could have stopped this from happening and failed to do so: the key social workers, council members, and the hospital doctor who were all involved, these people who made a fatal judgement on baby P, through their inadequacy, error, misconduct, or just merely stumbled in their duty to protect, however unintentional that error, they should also be held accountable, and most severely so. I have been busy writing letters to many people: The Secretary of State for Children, The Prime Minister, Haringey area MP’s, and signing any petition I can find to express my disgust, horror and anger about the circumstances surrounding the cruel life, and death of baby P, he was a child who should have been protected by our Society, and I want my voice to be heard now along with everyone else who feels as deeply as I do that it is time for accountability.
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