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Metropolitan Police says it has addressed issues in 'Child T' Serious Case Review
The Metropolitan Police has said it has taken steps to protect children after new criticisms of social services in Haringey emerged following a child abuse case.
The police issued a statement after a Serious Case Review into the abuse of 'Child T' - a case which has been compared to Baby P.
Child T, now aged six, was three years old when staff at North Middlesex Hospital noticed unexplained bruising in June 2010.
His mother’s boyfriend told doctors that the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, often ran around the house and banged and hit himself on the wall.
The report revealed that Child T had injuries to his head, back, ribs and legs.
A doctor told children services that the bruises could only have been caused by considerable force and were most likely to have been "inflicted" on the child.
Despite suspicions of abuse, the hospital twice returned him to the care of the abusive parents, where he was subject to further physical abuse.
Child T and his siblings were not removed from the care of the parents until 2011 - more than a year after the first abuse incident came to the attention of doctors and social services.
The review criticised the "lack of rigour" in the police investigation and Haringey's Children and Young People service.
It said there was an "overall failure to analyse the situation accurately."
A police spokesman said: “The Metropolitan Police Child Abuse Investigation Command has engaged fully with the Serious Case Review process.
“We fully accept the recommendations that were made and have already taken steps to address these prior to this review being published.
“Closer ties have been created with key partners as a result of the introduction of Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH).
“These ensure local police and social workers work side by side in the same location encouraging a more transparent and open flow of information to enhance decision making.
“Haringey Child Abuse Investigation Team has relocated to a more central location within the borough, bringing them closer to local authority partners and key stakeholders in child protection.
“Officers receive specialist training which is kept under continuous review and lessons learnt are integrated into any future training.”
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