How sad it was today to hear the news unfold about the death of seventeen month old “Baby P”. It is even more astonishing that the death occurred under Haringay Council, the very authority where Victoria Climbier died in similar circumstances of abuse. Details are beginning to emerge of the horrific injuries sustained by Baby P – amongst the litany, a spinal injury which, experts say, would have been difficult to inflict without enormous force. The television news showed horrific pictures of blood-stained tiny tee shirt and jeans.
Lord Laming, who led the original investigation into the tragic death of little Victoria at her own family’s hands, has once again been called upon to comment by the media.
The question must be asked – after the tragedy, after so much time, effort and public money was expended on analysing what went wrong – why haven’t the simple lessons been learnt?
For anyone who is or has been involved in social services, stories like these send a shiver down the spine.