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Baby P social worker accepts libel damages

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A Haringey LBC social worker has accepted undisclosed compensation over the authority’s false claim that she did not raise concerns about returning Baby P to his mother.

Sylvia Henry brought libel proceedings in London’s High Court over a statement posted on the authority’s website from November 2008 to April 2009 in response to her version of events which was reported on the BBC website and in an edition of Panorama.

Her solicitor, James Heath, told Mr Justice Eady that it directly contradicted Ms Henry’s account of the concerns raised by her from December 2006 to January 2007 - after which she was not involved in the case.

“The allegation that Ms Henry did not raise concerns regarding the return of Peter to his mother is false,” he said. “Furthermore, Haringey Council is happy to confirm that, following an investigation of the role of its employees who dealt with Peter’s case, the investigator found that Ms Henry had ‘no case to answer’.

“She is not implicated in the mistakes which led to Peter’s death. She remains a social worker employed by the London Borough of Haringey and she enjoys the authority’s full confidence.”

Haringey’s counsel, Rupert Butler, told the court that it wished to apologise unreservedly for the hurt and upset caused to Ms Henry by misrepresenting her role in the case and had agreed to compensate her on terms which were confidential.

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