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Shoesmith to appeal against Baby P sacking

PUBLISHED: 14:43 10 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:00 07 September 2010

THE former director of children's services at Haringey Council who was sacked over the Baby P case has lodged an employment tribunal against the council. Sharon Shoesmith was appointed to the post, which had a budget of £1million and staff of 3,500 in 200

THE former director of children's services at Haringey Council who was sacked over the Baby P case has lodged an employment tribunal against the council.

Sharon Shoesmith was appointed to the post, which had a budget of £1million and staff of 3,500 in 2005.

But in November last year, she was blamed for serious failings in her department in the months leading to Baby P's death.

Baby P, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, died after suffering more than 50 injuries at the hands of his mother, her boyfriend and their lodger.

The case sparked a national outcry when it emerged that he had been seen 60 times by social workers, police and health professionals.

Ed Balls, the Minister for Children, Schools and Families sent inspectors into the local authority after the trial of those responsible for Baby P's death.

Inspectors identified a string of "serious concerns" about Haringey's child protection services, which they described as "inadequate".

Mr Balls removed Ms Shoesmith from her £110,000 post on December 1. He said the report into the borough's child protection services was "devastating and revealed serious failures in the management of Haringey children's services."

Ms Shoesmith remained suspended on full pay until Haringey councillors decided to sack her a week later.

In January, Ms Shoesmith lost an internal appeal against her dismissal. But on Friday, she lodged a claim against the local authority with the Watford employment tribunal.


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