Safegaurding and Protection in Health and Social Care Essay

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My first report will be on the failure to protect Baby P. He suffered horrific abuse, yet the same social work department that was criticised in the Victoria Climbie case never took him into care despite a number of warning signals and injuries. The failure to protect Baby P was because of poor practice by health professionals, social workers, police and lawyers rather than systematic breakdown, a serious case review found. Professionals in the London borough of Haringey saw the boy 60 times before his death, caused by his mother and stepfather, and the inquiry found agencies communicated with each other and procedures were largely followed. However, there was a poor flow of information in some areas. Despite being on the child protection register for the final eight months of his life, there was a “pervasive belief” that the 17-month-old boy’s injuries were accidental. Few professionals challenged the mother’s account that these were the result of an “active” child who often bumped into and head-butted things, and only considered that she was guilty of poor supervision. Sharon Shoesmith, chair of Haringey local safeguarding children board and director of Haringey children’s services, said: “The mother seemed to be co-operating with us: taking the child to the doctor’s when he was ill, seeking help.” Flawed paediatric assessment However, only one mistake was highlighted as “critical” in the failure to identify the abuse. This was made by the paediatrician who examined the boy 48 hours before he died. By this stage the child had suffered serious injuries, including fractures to his ribs and spine, but the paediatrician’s assessment recorded that he was “miserable” with a viral infection. The review found that expert medical opinion “concluded that a diagnosis of abuse should have been made at that point”. Report 2: Melun - A French father who stuffed his son into a

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