Ofsted: Haringey gave us false data
Christine Gilbert acknowledged mistakes were made in the monitoring of Haringey Council, which received a “good” rating just weeks after Baby P’s death.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, died in in August last year, after suffering more than 50 injuries at the hands of his mother, 27, her boyfriend, 32, and their lodger, Jason Owen, 36, despite 60 contacts with the authorities.
Ms Gilbert said she was “concerned” there may be other local authorities that similarly supplied incorrect data to the watchdog to demonstrate their child protection services were adequate.
This week’s review of Haringey Council showed managers claimed children were assessed promptly when their files showed their assessments were incomplete, according to reports.
Files also revealed that assessments were often carried out in the presence of a parent or guardian, when they could be the person harming the child.
Ms Gilbert said: “I think if the grades that we gave last December gave a false assurance we have to take some responsibility for that. That’s one of the reasons that I’m saying we’re looking again at our proposal (to reform inspection). We need to do all we can from our position so I’m not washing my hands of it.”
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