Yesterday – was phoned by journalists for comments on the poor 17 month old boy who died in a north London hospital having being horrifically wounded. It looks as if Haringey may be in the frame as the child was thought to be on the ‘at risk’ register and the police have arrested his mother and her boyfriend.
Of course, the first thing I (and everyone else) always think of when this sort of news hits the streets is Victoria Climbie. Having been a councillor at the time – and seen the catalogue of mistakes made by a number of agencies (not just Haringey Council) – I can’t help wondering whether this case is in any way a result of lessons not being learned. I was always horrified that no officer and no politician resigned or was sacked over Victoria – only the end of the chain social worker paid any price for that tragedy.
However, no information hard information as yet – so need to wait and see before forming any views or conclusions.