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Laming revisits children's services

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Lord Laming is to revisit the children’s services changes implemented after his report on the Victoria Climbié tragedy in the wake of the latest catastrophe.

Children’s minister Beverley Hughes has announced that the man whose recommendations formed the bedrock of the government’s Every Child Matters programme will be checking up on councils’ progress on putting them into practice.

The decision follows an Old Bailey jury’s verdicts in the Baby P child-neglect case, which saw a 17 month old boy die from neglect despite receiving at least 60 visits from care professionals in the preceding eight months.

The youngster, who died in August last year, was on Haringey LBC’s “at risk” list, as was Victoria Climbié who died in 2000.

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Ms Hughes said that Haringey’s operations could be subject to a new inquiry in addition to the Serious Case Review published by its Local Safeguarding Children Board following Baby P’s death.

However she added that Lord Laming would be reviewing the implementation of the reforms introduced in the wake of his 2003 Climbié report.

She said it would be ”an independent report of progress being made across the country”.

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