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The man who commissioned second report into the case of Baby P is facing questions tonight over his role as chair of Haringey’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board after apologising for yet another child abuse case in the London borough.

Sharon Shoesmith defends her role in Baby P case

Sharon Shoesmith defended her role in the Baby Peter scandal yesterday, describing the nationwide fury after the case as "absurd" and the response from politicians as "reckless".

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The former head of Haringey children's services, Sharon Shoesmith, has condemned "naive" politicians for unwittingly creating a "Baby P effect" which has seen hundreds more children being taken into care.

Sacked council chief tells of Baby P 'distress'

Sacked social services chief Sharon Shoesmith today spoke of her distress and sorrow over the death of Baby Peter as she warned that the "whole story" of what happened to the toddler had not yet been told.

Baby P social worker wins libel compensation

A Haringey social worker today accepted undisclosed compensation over the authority's false claim that she did not raise concerns about returning Baby P to his mother.

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Two men have been questioned by detectives investigating the murder of Keith Blakelock, the police constable killed during the 1985 Broadwater Farm riots.

Baby P workers will return to practice

Two social workers who admitted a string of failings in their care of Baby Peter will be free to return to practice within months after they escaped being struck off today.

John Bridson: I don't understand the anger towards those who expose child abuse

I have known David Southall as a doctor since the mid-Eighties and as a friend since the Nine-ties. He is gifted with high ability and has absolute integrity. When I learned of the vicious campaign that he and other child protection professionals were facing, I started to try to help. When a couple of close colleagues suggested forming a lobby group, I became a founder member and chair of Professionals Against Child Abuse (Paca).

Joan Smith: Orwell foresaw our treatment of Sharon Shoesmith

In George Orwell's novel 1984, there is a daily ritual known as the "two minutes' hate". Workers gather in front of a screen to watch images of enemies of the state; Orwell describes the scene as "a hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness" in which every participant becomes a "grimacing, screaming lunatic". The novel is a satire, of course, but sometimes it's hard not to regard it as a slightly exaggerated prediction of a world in which the role of Big Brother has been gleefully adopted by the media.

Shoesmith's sacking was lawful, rules High Court

A council leader accused of presiding over a culture of "dangerous incompetence" which contributed to the death of Baby Peter was fairly removed from her post by the Children's Secretary, Ed Balls, the High Court ruled yesterday.

Judge admits 'unease' over Sharon Shoesmith ruling

Mr Justice Foskett dismissed Sharon Shoesmith's High Court challenge today - but admitted he did so with a "lurking sense of unease".

Baby P council chief loses sacking battle

The decision by Children's Secretary Ed Balls to strip former children's services chief Sharon Shoesmith of her post following the death of Baby P was upheld by the High Court today.

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