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The lessons we learned from Baby P'

PUBLISHED: 14:16 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:21 25 August 2010

TWO out of three council bosses have vowed they will implement ALL 58 recommendations from the Baby P inquiry.

TWO out of three council bosses have vowed they will implement ALL 58 recommendations from the Baby P inquiry.

Bromley and Greenwich council have promised to implement all the recommendations from the 102-page report by Lord Laming.

But bosses at Bexley council say they are still looking in detail at how "they act in relation to each of the recommendations".

The peer probed child protection services after 17-month-old Baby P died in August 2007 in Haringey after months of abuse.

This was despite being seen 60 times by scores professionals, including doctors and social workers.

The child's mother, who cannot be named, admitted causing or allowing the boy's death.

Her boyfriend, who also cannot be named, and lodger Jason Owen, 36, formerly from Bromley were convicted of the same offence in November last year.

All three have yet to be sentenced.

In his report published on March 12, the peer demanded child protection training for council leaders and seniors managers and improved training for social workers.

He also recommended disciplinary action over child protection failures for council bosses and a review of court fees for taking children into care.

National agencies should be implemented to oversee implementation of all his recommendations and address recruitment and retention problems in children's social work, the report concluded.

A spokesperson for Greenwich council said: "We intend to implement all of the relevant recommendations in Lord Laming's recent report - which has been accepted in full by the government.

"Our child protection policies are regularly refreshed to take account of emerging best practice across the country. We have taken this further opportunity offered by the Baby P inquiry to do so once again.

"In addition to this, we continue to provide a comprehensive training programme for managers and staff across front line services.

"We do not have a staff turnover problem and are not currently recruiting, although we recognise that the national picture may change, and we continue to monitor the situation."

A spokesperson for Bexley council said: "We welcome Lord Laming's report and are looking in detail at how we act in relation to each of the recommendations.

"Given the importance of the issues the report dealt with, we will be considering the report carefully as a council and with our partner organisations on the Local Safeguarding Children Board, before we decide on our response.

"We will feed our views into the review of the current national IT system that will taking place over the next six months."

Lord Laming's latest report follows the 108 recommendations he made in 2000 following the inquiry into the death of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie.

She was abused by her aunt for months in Haringey, the same borough as Baby P, and died of her injuries in February 2000.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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