My Report on an Issue/Area of Public Concern Related to the Care Profession – the Death of Baby P.

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My report on an issue/area of public concern related to the care profession – The death of Baby P.

The issue/area of concern raised in this report is as to how Peter’s death happened in the first place.

Peter Conelly also known as ‘Baby P’ was born in London, on the 1st March 2006, he sadly died on the 3rd August 2007 age 17 months. He died after receiving/suffering more than 50 injuries over a period of 8 months. During this time he was repeatedly seen by Haringey’s Children’s Services and its NHS professionals –

At the beginning of these 8 months Peter’s mother’s boyfriend moved into the home they shared, and this was kept from the police and the social workers. On Dec 11th 2006 Peter was taken to hospital with extensive
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In July, lawyers advice Haringey council social workers that they cannot legally take Peter into care. Later on in July Ms Ward makes a pre arranged visit to the families’ home and manages to miss injuries as Peter was deliberately covered in chocolate to hide them. Police then hand over further reports to the CPS, including statements from 2 doctors saying that Peter’s bruising was suggestive of “non accidental” injury, but prosecutors decide that there is not enough evidence to start a case. On Aug 1st Peter is taken to a child development clinic where the paediatrician decides she cannot carry out a complete check as Peter was miserable and cranky, and on the 2nd Aug police tell Peter’s mother she will not be prosecuted. Finally on 3rd Aug a 999 call is made at 11.36am. Four minutes later the paramedics arrive to find Peter lying in a blood spattered cot. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. An attempt was made to cover the crime, as Peter’s clothes and bedding were removed and dumped.

Baby Peter was failed by police, social workers, doctors and lawyers. Leading to his death.

After his death there was a post mortem where Peter’s injuries became apparent, he had swallowed a tooth after being punched, he had a broken back, broken ribs, and mutilated fingertips and had fingernails missing. It is believed he already had some of these injuries when taken to see the paediatrician for his development check, which would explain why he was