Former social services boss Sharon Shoesmith, in the post during the Baby P scandal, will speak out about ‘witch hunt’
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A former Haringey social services boss is set to appear on a show discussing ‘demonising individuals’ on BBC Radio 4 tonight
Sharon Shoesmith was fired from her job as Haringey Council’s director of children’s services in 2008 by former Children’s Secretary Ed Balls, after a damning Ofsted report into the death of 17-month-old Peter Connelly.
But the Court of Appeal ruled her dismissal was unfair in 2011 and she received a payout.
Ms Shoesmith will be a guest on BBC Radio 4’s “The Blame Game” tonight where a former MI5 director will speak to individuals who have been held responsible for systematic failures.
Eliza Manningham-Buller, director general of MI5 from 2002 to 2007, will discuss how frontline workers such as doctors and police officers are more scrutinised than ever before and risk being punished.
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The programme blurb says: “Does our widespread intolerance of failure do more harm than good?
“Are we failing to understand the distinction between systemic failure and individual failure - and drawing the wrong conclusions as a result?
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It adds: “Hers is not an argument against holding people to account - criminal negligence and serious culpability must be exposed, scrutinised and punished - but an attempt to understand how to hold people responsible while avoiding fruitless witch hunts.
“In other words: how do we learn valuable lessons, without demonising individuals for honest mistakes?”
- The Blame Game will be on BBC Radio 4 this evening at 8pm.