By Max Clarke
Sharon Shoesmith, the chief childcare social worker sacked after the killing of Baby Peter, has won a high court appeal for unfair dismissal.
“This ruling will give a much-needed boost to social workers up and down the country who protect daily thousands of vulnerable children and adults,” said public sector union cheif, Dave Prentis. “It should serve as a lesson that whipping up a campaign of vilification and hatred will never save a single child’s life. “
The tragic killing of the 17 month old Peter Connelly, identified by the media with the chilling moniker, Baby P, at a time that the child had been identified as at risk and put on a child’s protection register, exposed failings within social care in the Haringey Borough for which Shoesmith was blamed.
Her dismissal, the court found, was a simple act of scapegoating.