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Haringey's plea for social workers

PUBLISHED: 12:23 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:53 07 September 2010

THE new leader of Haringey's children s services has made an urgent appeal to the 30 London borough councils for good quality social workers to ease a recruitment crisis sparked by the Baby P tragedy. In emails leaked to the Guardian newspaper, director

THE new leader of Haringey's children's services has made an urgent appeal to the 30 London borough councils for "good quality" social workers to ease a recruitment crisis sparked by the Baby P tragedy.

In emails leaked to the Guardian newspaper, director Peter Lewis urged councils to loan social workers to help Haringey get through a "real pinch point" of assessing cases of suspected child abuse.

According to the newspaper, the appeal has been mostly rejected, with the majority of councils saying they have experienced a 30 per cent increase in child protection cases because social workers and the public have been on high alert since the case.

The 18-month-old boy, who died in August 2007, was known as Baby P during the trial of his mother, her lover and their lodger.

All three adults denied murdering the little boy, who suffered months of horrific abuse at their hands, despite being on Haringey's child protection register.

His death - and the council's handling of the case - led to the sacking of Sharon Shoesmith the then head of children's services.

Council leader George Meehan also resigned as did Liz Santry, the children's services boss.


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