Research Safeguarding Case Studies and the Outcomes

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“Research safeguarding case studies and the outcomes.”
Baby P.
Baby P was a 17 month-old boy who died in 2007 after suffering a series of injuries. He suffered from over 50 injuries within a period of 8 months. In December 2006 a GP noticed bruising on Peter’s hands and chest. Baby P’s mother, Tracey Connelly, was arrested and the care of Baby Peter was handed over to a family friend, however Baby P returned to his mother in January 2007. Within a period of a few months Baby P was admitted to hospital on two occasions with injuries including bruising, scratches and swelling on the side of his head. In June 2007 a social worker observed marks on peter and informed the police. A medical examination concluded that these injuries were due to abuse. In July 2007 Haringey Council’s Children and Young People’s Services received legal advice indicating that the “threshold for initiating care proceedings was not met”. On the 3rd of August an ambulance was called and Peter was found in his cot. After attempts at resuscitation Peter was announced dead. A post-mortem revealed that he had swallowed a tooth after being punched. Other injuries included a broken back, broken ribs, mutilated fingertips and fingernails missing. The police immediately began a murder investigation and Tracey Connelly was arrested along with her boyfriend, Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen. After Peter’s death and internal audit Serious Care Review (SCR) was initiated by Haringey Council. After completion of the court case only an executive summary was released to the public, the full report was kept confidential with only some employees of Haringey Labour Councillors allowed access. The Mail on Sunday newspaper on March 15th 2009 reported that details of the SCR report had come into their possession. The article claimed that the executive summary either conflicted or omitted details about how the case had been handled and the extent of the injuries that were suffered by Peter. The article also reported instances of missed or delayed meetings, miscommunication amongst officials and failures to follow through with decisions related to the child’s safety. For instance, Officials had not followed through with obtaining an “interim care order” which would have removed Peter from his home when they had agreed that legal ground had existed for doing so six months before he died. It was also noted that key officials failed to attend a meeting on the 25th July 2007 that was intended to decide whether to remove Peter from his mother’s home at that time. Victoria Climbie.

Victoria Climbie was an 8 year old Ivorian girl who moved to London with her great-aunt in April 1999. During the time Victoria was being abused she suffered cigarette burns, she was tied up for periods of time longer than 24 hours and hit with bicycle chains, hammers and wires. Up to her death the police, the social services department of four local authorities, the NHS, the NSPCC and local churches all had contact with Victoria and noted the signs of abuse. However the services failed to properly investigate the case and little action was taken. Victoria Climbie died in February 2000and her great aunt, Kuoao, and her boyfriend, Manning, was convicted of murder and life imprisonment. After Victoria’s death, the parties included in her case were widely criticised. A public inquiry, headed by Lord Laming, was ordered. It discovered numerous instances where Victoria could have been saved, noted that many of the organisations that were involved in her care were badly run, and discussed the racial aspects surrounding the case as many of the participants were black. The report headed by Lord Laming made numerous recommendations related to child protection in England. Victoria Climbie’s death was largely responsible for the formation of the Every Child Matters initiative, the introduction of the Children’s Act 2004 and the creation of the ContactPoint project, a government database designed to hold...
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