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Haringey accused over toddler's death

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Haringey social services have been accused of failing to learn the lessons of the Victoria Climbié tragedy following another child’s death.

In a court case at the Old Bailey, two men have been found guilty of causing the death of a 17-month-old baby in the London borough.

The child - identified only as Baby P - was on the borough’s at-risk register.

Jurors were told that the child suffered a series of injuries, including a broken back, several broken ribs and serious bruising.

The court heard he was seen 60 times by health or social workers during that the final months of his life, which ended on 17 August last year.

Jason Owen, 36, from Bromley and a 32-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were convicted of causing the baby’s death.

The boy’s 27-year-old mother, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, had earlier pleaded guilty to causing or allowing the baby’s death.

Following the verdict, Haringey LBC opposition leader Robert Gorrie (Lib Dem) said children’s services professionals were not interacting as well as they should be.

“The tragic death of Victoria Climbié, and the national reforms that resulted, should have stopped this happening again,” he said.

“Yet the facts revealed during the trial point to similar failings with the same tragic consequences.

"With so many public organisations involved why did one of them not act decisively to save this child? Better communications between agencies and more importantly between people might have prevented Baby P's death.”

John Coughlan, former joint president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and chairman of the Children’s Inter-Agency Group, said it was vital that new safeguarding lessons were learned.

“Systems for safeguarding children have improved over recent years, across all services,” he said. “But there is more we need to do.

“This individual tragedy must serve to reinforce our shared commitment to working together, across all of children’s services, in order to keep more children and young people from harm.”

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