MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
Under the glare of that spotlight and furore a litany of failures by individuals and agencies involved in child protection in Haringey was revealed. Some new key people were brought into post. But will the culture change – that attitude of cover up and defend?
I was Leader of the Opposition on Haringey Council when Victoria Climbie died. And I was promised, by the Labour administration, that ‘lessons would be learned’ and that this ‘must never happen again’. But it did happen again – and Baby Peter died a horrible death just eight years later – because nothing had really changed. Despite the promises and the breast beating, Haringey’s culture of secrecy, cover-up and defensiveness continued untrammelled until the spotlight was suddenly back again after Baby Peter’s death.
Under the glare of that spotlight and furore a litany of failures by individuals and agencies involved in child protection in Haringey was revealed. Some individuals lost their jobs. Some new key people were brought into post. But much remains still to be done:
“Dozens of vulnerable children are going missing from care in Haringey putting them at risk of sexual exploitation and gangs” - Ham and High, June 2012
And will we ever see the publication of key documents, reduced caseloads for social workers and an end to the manic and destructive tick box culture that removes personal responsibility and lets critical faculties and instincts wither?
The fight to improve child protection must continue.