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Council to put in place ALL 58 Baby P report recommendations

PUBLISHED: 16:23 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 12 August 2010

COUNCIL bosses have vowed to implement all 58 recommendations from the Baby P inquiry. Bosses at Bromley council have promised to implement the suggestions made in the 102-page report by Lord Herbert Laming. The peer probed child protection services aft

COUNCIL bosses have vowed to implement all 58 recommendations from the Baby P inquiry.

Bosses at Bromley council have promised to implement the suggestions made in the 102-page report by Lord Herbert Laming.

The peer probed child protection services after 17-month-old Baby P died in August 2007 in Haringey after months of abuse, despite being seen 60 times by scores of professionals, including doctors and social workers.

The child's mother, who cannot be named, admitted causing or allowing the boy's death.

Her boyfriend, who also cannot be named, and lodger Jason Owen, 36, formerly from Bromley, were convicted of the same offence in November.

All three have yet to be sentenced.

In his report published on March 12, the peer demanded child protection training for council leaders, senior managers and social workers and recommended disciplinary action over child protection failures.

He also recommended a review of court fees for taking children into care and setting up a national agency to oversee the implementation of all his recommendations.

National strategies to tackle recruitment and retention and guidelines for maximum caseloads for social work should also be put in place, the peer said.

A spokesperson for Bromley council said they are in the process of checking how many of the new recommendations they already meet and how to implement the ones they don't.

The spokesperson added: "We have been found by Ofsted to provide a good service in respect of safeguarding children and young people.

"Lord Laming's report is welcomed as part of our wider safeguarding strategy and like all local authorities we are in the process of studying his recommendations in detail.

"Over the past two years, we have been developing a model of support to bring co-ordinated services to all families in need.

"The Bromley Children and Family Project unites the early intervention of our Children and Family Centres with extended services in our schools, to provide a flexible and holistic service for children right from when they are born until they enter adulthood."

The latest report mirrors the one Laming made in 2000 following the inquiry into eight-year-old Victoria Climbie.

She was abused by her aunt for months in Haringey, the same borough as Baby P, before she died in February 2000.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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