The horrific case of Baby P has raised so many questions.
How can a child so obviously neglected not be taken into care? How can a doctor miss the fact that a toddler has a broken back? How can Haringey, the borough whose previous failures in the Climbie case sparked the Laming report, and the introduction of joined-up Childrens’ Services, be the very same borough where this second tragedy occurred?
Social workers must feel they can’t win. If they take children into care too hastily, they break up families, causing years of anguish and ruining lives. If they leave children in danger, the damage can be fatal. The judgement of Solomon relied on mothers saving their children from harm: now it seems we can’t even rely on that.
Trying to find out the truth of what went wrong this time, can help reduce the chance of this kind of tragedy even happening again. If some good is to come out of Baby P’s short life and awful death, then it must be that we learn lessons, not simply have a bunch of resignations and hope that’s that.
So I’m fully behind the calls of Lynne Featherstone MP for a public inquiry into child protection in Haringey.
Lynne’s tabled an Early Day Motion: I’d sign it if I was an MP, and I would like to see MPs from all parties – including Islington’s Labour MPs – do the same. So far, they have not.