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Post-Baby P childcare report due

PUBLISHED: 15:20 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:00 07 September 2010

LORD Laming will publish a report tomorrow on child protection services across the country - prompted by the Baby P case in Haringey. The report was ordered by government minister Ed Balls in November last year after the national fallout which followed re

LORD Laming will publish a report tomorrow on child protection services across the country - prompted by the Baby P case in Haringey.

The report was ordered by government minister Ed Balls in November last year after the national fallout which followed revelations about Baby P's death.

The toddler, who cannot be named for legal reasons, died at the hands of his mother, her boyfriend and their lodger in August 2007 despite being seen 60 times by Haringey social workers and health professionals.

It is the second time the council has been held accountable for the death of a child. In 2000, eight-year-old Victoria Climbie was brutally murdered in the borough by her great aunt and her great aunt's boyfriend.

Lord Laming - a former director and president of social services - was appointed by Mr Balls to carry out the investigation. He previously led the inquiry into the Victoria Climbie case.

Lord Laming is expected to say in the new national report whether recommendations he made after the Victoria Climbie inquiry were effective. Mr Balls asked him to respond to the following three questions:

* What good practice has been successfully achieved in safeguarding children since the publication of the Victoria Climbié Inquiry Report?

* What are the key barriers, including in the legal process that may impede efficient and effective work with children and families that may be preventing good safeguarding practice from becoming standard practice everywhere?

* What specific actions should be taken by Government and national and local agencies to overcome these barriers?

The Victoria Climbie Inquiry ruled that Victoria could have been saved if the police, doctors and social workers who came into contact with her had done their jobs properly.

Lord Laming found each agency had "passed the buck" and there were failings in all the organisations involved.

His report recommended a new structure of accountability for all children and family services.

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