have led to the discovery of new documents relevant to the Victoria Climbie
inquiry, This could result in disciplinary action against some members of
It follows the discovery last week of additional documents relevant to the
Inquiry in a filing cabinet in the North Tottenham Office.
A spokesman for Haringey LBC said:
'Last week our legal team discovered additional documents relevant to the
Inquiry in a filing cabinet that we believed other staff had already
'It led us, unfortunately, to the discovery on Friday of archive documents
that had been moved from the North Tottenham District Social Services office
to a locked storage area next door.
'Over the weekend we have done our best to sort through and present the
inquiry with everything we think might be relevant. There are 38 documents,
including four files of supervision notes.
'Also over the weekend the former manager of the North Tottenham district
office, who left our employment last June, has returned files to us. He told
the inquiry last week that they were in his loft. We have today passed onto
the inquiry those that are relevant.
'We are deeply embarrassed by it all. Haringey LBC has always sought to
help the inquiry and we have issued clear instructions to all staff,
including the former district manager, to locate and bring forward any
relevant material. We have carried out a number of searches and we are
concerned that this storage area and its documents have not been brought to
the current director and her management team's attention before.
'We are still trying to get an explanation. The departure of a number of key
staff who knew about it goes some way to explaining it. We have begun a full
investigation which could result in disciplinary action against any staff
who have found not to carry out their duties. We apologise unreservedly to
Lord Laming and the inquiry.'