A senior social worker heaped praise on Baby P’s mother after interviewing her about the toddler’s injuries four months before his death./facepalm
Sue Gilmore thanked Tracey Connelly for being ‘really open and completely honest’.Boy, was her face red, eh? Mind you, she was luckier than Baby P, as it wasn’t blood…
Throughout the tape, Mrs Gilmore, a senior team manager in the social work department at Haringey, north London, appears eager to accept Connelly’s explanations for her son’s injuries.*grinds teeth*
And when Connelly says she wishes social workers would ‘back off and leave me alone’ she sympathises, saying that is a ‘straightforward thing to want’.
Mrs Gilmore left Haringey Council in January 2008 and has never faced disciplinary proceedings.I think the only thing to do with Haringey Social Services is to sack the lot, and start over again…
She recorded the hour-long interview as part of a course in new social work methods aimed at encouraging parents to cooperate with the authorities.
She failed the training assignment and did not complete the course.
Through her solicitor, Mrs Gilmore said the interview was not ‘investigative’, and that she co-operated with police and answered all their questions.It might not have been ‘investigative’, but we certainly discovered a lot, didn’t we?