The independent report, published today by Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board, concluded that professionals involved in the care of Keanu Williams failed to meet even basic standards of good practice.Read that again.....basic standards.
Not the tricky stuff. Not the Moriarty-like cunning of mothers who smear chocolate over their infants' face to hide the bruises, the basics.
"The core business of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board was characterised by inattention to procedures and protocols and an absence of reasonable judgement when making decisions about Keanu in a number of instances.
"From this it follows that the core business of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board was not functioning well enough to ensure effective multi-agency practice in meeting Keanu's needs."And we're paying how much for this again?
At least a few of the small, insignificant front-liners have gone.
Jane Held, the independent chair of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board … said council and health staff had resigned or been sacked. She would not say how many, but confirmed it was more than single figures.So, 11? Still not enough.
Peter Hay, strategic director, children, young people and families at the city council, said … there were not enough "great" social workers in Birmingham doing "great work".And what are you doing about that, Peter? Isn't that why they pay you the big bucks?
The serious case review report on Keanu said that Shuttleworth's chaotic lifestyle – she moved addresses frequently, was sometimes homeless and changed partners regularly – made helping the family challenging.Look, having 'a chaotic lifestyle' isn't an excuse. It's a frackin' CLUE! I mean, good god, even the perpetrator seems to grasp that!
Shuttleworth herself spoke to the review team. She spent her childhood in care and expressed "some surprise" that Keanu was not taken from her when he was born./facepalm