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Former child services boss set to review baby tragedy

PUBLISHED: 11:46 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:18 23 August 2010

THE former boss of children s services in the county will come out of retirement to launch a review into the tragic death of Baby P. Graham Badman, the former managing director of children s services at Kent County Council (KCC), will take on the role fo

THE former boss of children's services in the county will come out of retirement to launch a review into the tragic death of Baby P.

Graham Badman, the former managing director of children's services at Kent County Council (KCC), will take on the role following disgraced Sharon Shoesmith's suspension.

She was the head of the department at Haringey Council that failed to spot the horrific abuse of the 17-month-old boy.

Minister for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls revealed a damning report into the case on Monday.

He also confirmed Mr Badman will take on her role as the chairperson of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) in Haringey.

Mr Balls said: "Overall, the inspectors' findings are devastating. My first priority is to put in place a new leadership and management team in Haringey children's services to ensure that vulnerable children in the borough are properly protected."

LSCB's are statutory bodies made up of local authorities, health bodies, the police and others whose aim is to coordinate their member agencies in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Mr Badman will start the serious case review when he takes up his new position next week and is expected to publish an executive summary by the end of March.

He retired for KCC in November after about two years in the role.

Baby P died in August 2007 after suffering repeated abuse.

His mother, her boyfriend and their lodger Jason Owen were convicted of causing or allowing his death in November and are to be sentenced next spring.

jason.goodyer@archant.co.uk

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