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Haringey Borough Council still failing vulnerable children
Social workers in Haringey are still failing to assess vulnerable children quickly enough despite a slew of child abuse scandals, a report has revealed.
Seven years after the death of Baby P, less than three quarters of children and their families were being assessed within Haringey Borough council’s 45-day time limit.
Seventeen-month-old Peter Connelly died in 2007 from horrific injuries caused by his mother, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s brother.
Social and health workers dismissed more than 50 of his injuries during 60 visits.
Last year, it was revealed that Child T, a three-year-old boy, had also suffered horrendous abuse at the hands of his family after a series of missed opportunities by social workers, police and doctors.
A report for the council’s children's safeguarding policy and practice advisory committee showed 74 per cent of children and families were assessed in time, missing the council’s target of 85 per cent.
The missed target has been flagged red, meaning it needs urgent attention.
Next year, the council says it will boost its children’s services budget by nearly £4 million in a bid to improve further.
Horsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone, said today: “I am deeply concerned about these latest figures — which show that so many assessments of vulnerable children are not being undertaken quickly enough.
“I have recently met with the chief executive and senior officials at the council. They assure me that things are changing for the better, but unfortunately we have heard this all before.
“I still stand by my call for an independent review.”
A Haringey council spokeswoman said: “Our vision is that Haringey is a place where children and young people thrive and achieve and we are committed to ensuring they are safe from harm.
“We will always put the welfare of children who we consider to be at risk first.
“Our rigorous monitoring of our data and our comparative neighbours’ means we are quickly aware of significant changes so we can research and respond appropriately.
“We continue to prioritise the wellbeing of children, recognising there is more work needed to improve further.”
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