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Bosses affirm their faith in child services

PUBLISHED: 12:52 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 August 2010

Tragic Baby P

Tragic Baby P

BOSSES at the county council say they have every confidence in the county s social services for children following the abuse and violent death of Baby P. Seventeen-month-old Baby P died in a blood-splattered cot on August 3 last year after being system

BOSSES at the county council say they have 'every confidence' in the county's social services for children following the abuse and violent death of Baby P.

Seventeen-month-old Baby P died in a blood-splattered cot on August 3 last year after being systematically abused for eight months.

He had been beaten so badly that his back and ribs were broken.

His 27-year-old mother and 32-year-old partner from Haringey, north London, and their lodger Jason Owen, 36, from Bromley, south east London, will be sentenced for causing or allowing the tot's death on December 15.

Owen, of Wittersham Road, Bromley and the boyfriend were convicted at the Old Bailey last Tuesday and the mother pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Leyland Ridings is Kent County Council (KCC) Cabinet Member for Children and Families.

Speaking after the verdict, he assured residents that a similar incident would not occur in Kent.

He said: "The strength of Kent's children's social services is that we put the best interests of the child first.

"If a child is in need of protection then our social workers, alongside partners from other agencies, will take the necessary action, including court proceedings if required.

"We have a team of social work professionals dedicated to the welfare and wellbeing of children and young people. Monitoring, supervision, support and single and multi-agency training is in place for staff and this is reviewed regularly in response to changes in legislation and practices."

Haringey Council in London has been criticised for its handling of the case after failing to take the youngster away from his home despite more than 60 visits by care workers.

A report on Baby P's death is now due to be published by police and Ofsted in two weeks' time.

Mr Ridings said: "All social workers and children's professionals are required to follow the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Procedures.

"These procedures were rewritten and updated in late 2007.

"The Kent Children's Trust was established in September 2006 and works closely with the Kent Safeguarding Children Board.

"We have every confidence in our children's safeguarding board and our developing Kent Children's Trust arrangements.


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