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Haringey Borough Council says it 'takes poor practice seriously' after social worker suspended for failing to stop sexual abuse of 12-year-old girl
Haringey Borough Council has said it takes “poor practice seriously” after it found itself at the centre of another child abuse scandal.
This morning it was revealed that a social worker has been suspended for failing to raise the alarm about a 12-year-old girl who claimed she had sex with her mother's boyfriend.
Social worker Diane Onyango had been contacted by the girl's school after she was heard discussing the alleged abuse with her friend and exhibiting worrying sexual behaviour.
A spokesman from the Haringey council said: “We take poor practice seriously, which is why we investigated and took action against this social worker.
“We also took the necessary steps to ensure that each of the children involved in these cases received appropriate support.
“The social worker concerned has not worked for Haringey Council since 2011.”
This case happened four years after the death of Baby Peter in 2007.
Lynne Featherstone, the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, has renewed calls for an independent investigation into the council’s children's services department.
She said: “It is just appalling that Haringey Council has become embroiled in another child abuse scandal.
“The local Lib Dems, local residents and I have long been calling on the Labour leadership to address the manifest failings of children’s services – but our calls have simply been ignored.
“What makes me even more upset and angry, is that Haringey’s Labour leadership have repeatedly told us that lessons had been learnt, and that children’s services had turned a corner.
“But this was evidently not true – and now another child has paid the price.”
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