The case of baby P is another horrid failure of society to protect a vulnerable child.
Today I hear the usual ritual bashing of one group of workers in this sorry case, who are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. There were other agencies who were very much involved, police and medical to name but two.
There is criticism of the social services director, (I suggest it is uninformed criticism) who ordered the independent enquiry into the case in her role as the chair of the child protection committee. It is confirmed, that she took no part in the enquiry other than to ensure the report was submitted. Now the police are being asked to investigate and report. So, tell me, who did the policing work in the first place? In case you are not aware, the Metropolitan police have been and were involved.
Who is going to enquire into the failures of the medical profession who were in a prime position to physically protect this child when he was seen at earlier times with injuries that went unrecorded/unnoticed. This is highly reminiscent of previous cases.
Much of this gamesmanship is depressingly familiar and the scapegoating of the same group surfaces every time, as they are the easiest targets in the scheme of the imperfect structures we have.
Let us not forget there were adults, the carers, who killed this child, who were devious and uncaring. If anyone has experience of devious people, you will know exactly what that adjective in all its enmeshment means.