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Haringey Conservatives call on Michael Gove to strip Haringey Borough Council of responsibility for child protection
2:20pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
Conservatives in Haringey have called on the Government to strip Haringey Borough Council of its responsibility for child protection after new failures to protect an abused child were revealed.
A Serious Case Review published last week criticised the Labour-run authority for weaknesses in the protection of children exposed in the case of 'Child T'.
The boy, now six, was repeatedly sent back to his family despite injuries suggesting physical abuse.
The case drew comparisons with the Baby P scandal, in which a 17-month old Peter Connelly died in 2007 after suffering more than 50 separate injuries.
The borough's Conservatives have cited a similar situation in Doncaster, where responsibility for children's services was handed over to an independent trust in July after the local council failed to deal with significant difficulties despite changes in leadership.
They are calling on Michael Gove to carry out a similar review of child services in Haringey.
Kay Carter of Haringey Conservatives says: "Surely it is time to say enough is enough — it is clear to all that Haringey Council is simply not capable of protecting the children it is responsible for.
"When council boss George Meehan quit over the horrific string of errors that led to the death of Baby P, Labour tried to convince us that under a new leader things would change.
"But the case of Child T proves that things have not improved one jot under Claire Kober. In fact it is worse, because rather than admit its mistakes, this time Haringey Council has kept the story from residents for an unacceptable length of time. It would seem that council leaders are more concerned about avoiding bad press than protecting vulnerable children."
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