A boy of two was allowed to remain in the care of a blind 82-year-old widow by the council involved in the tragedy of Baby P.Oh, Haringey again. Is anyone surprised?
Social workers from Haringey said the child was 'thriving' with the frail pensioner, who had once fostered his mother.
But the widow's family accuse the North London council of ignoring a series of warnings that she was too old to cope.In fact, it was the death of her.
They claim it failed to act even when the tiny, six-stone great-grandmother collapsed from exhaustion after caring for the child for almost two months.
She died this month after falling down stairs at her home, where she lived alone with the child.Well done, Haringey!
You’ve obviously filled your quota of dead children and you think you’d better start reducing the population from the opposite end of the age range this time...
The council says it wanted to take the child away from the widow and instigated emergency care proceedings.18 months is an ‘emergency’ in Haringey, is it?
However, the child was under its supervision for 18 months before the case came to court and the family feel that Haringey is guilty of dragging its feet.
Well, I suppose it is when you are just dealing with trifles like vulnerable children and the frail elderly.
But they certainly moved pretty damn sharpish when the story looked like leaking out and some SS might be in the frame for some harsh words from the press:
… when the Daily Mail contacted the under-fire council over the death of the pensioner, its officials sought an emergency court order to stop details of the case being made public.Luckily, they lost.
And as the ‘Mail’ points out, this case highlights the extraordinary actions of Haringey in this case when compared to other decisions made by the SS elsewhere:
The tragic case is made all the more extraordinary by the plight of countless grandparents who have been told they are too old to foster their own grandchildren.And in that case, ‘too old’ meant 49 and 56, even though there was a family link. What gives?
This year social workers decided to rehome two children with a gay couple after their mother's parents were judged 'too old' to care for them.
Haringey refused to confirm or deny whether Baby K was on its Child Protection Register - the 'at risk' list on which Baby P was placed eight months before his death.Which either means he wasn’t (and should have been) or he was (and action moved at the usual glacial pace of Haringey SS).
Either way, it’s hard to see how they are going to escape censure for this one.
Well, until you realise that they always do. Or at least, escape the expected results of such censure in any other organisation.