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Shoesmith treated unfairly, says MP

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A senior backbench MP says Sharon Shoesmith, the former director of children's services at Haringey, has been treated unfairly.

But Barry Sheerman, chair of the Children, Schools and Families select committee, also believes she is wrong to criticise ministers over their response to the Baby P tragedy.

At the weekend, Ms Shoesmith gave her first interviews since she was sacked following the inquiry into the toddler's death and the handling of the case by Haringey LBC.

Mr Sheerman told the BBC: "I have a lot of sympathy for her. In fact I've said so in the House of Commons (but) I think she's now making mistakes in terms of where she's lashing out at (Education Secretary) Ed Balls and other people.

"I can understand that any politician, any Secretary of State has to be seen, in order to put public mind at rest, to act quite decisively.

"This is Haringey, this is where Victoria Climbié died, and this little boy had been treated in a shameful way and after 60 visits nothing was done to take him into care.

"I do think that Sharon Shoesmith was treated unfairly, but I don't think it helps anybody to have this kind of public recrimination.

"What we need to do is to see that she is actually treated fairly, to reflect on the case, and to make sure that social workers , are reassured that we know that they do a good job and we value it."

LGC reports on Baby P

Information: DeHavilland

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