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Sacked Baby P social worker Sharon Shoesmith to speak at £100-per-head child protection event

By Staff Reporter

Published 04/05/2015

Sharon Shoesmith
Sharon Shoesmith

The Northern Ireland woman at the centre of the Baby P scandal has been engaged as a speaker at a £100-a-head conference on protecting children.

Sharon Shoesmith was at the helm of Haringey Council Children's Services in north London 2007 when 17-month-old Peter Connelly died after being beaten to death

The Newtownabbey woman was sacked after a report following his killing exposed deep failings in department.

Baby P died after suffering more than 50 injuries at the hands of Steven Barker, his mother's partner, and his paedophile brother Jason Owen.

She is one of the keynote speakers at the event in Cardiff.

The summit, Standing Up For And Accountability Within Social Work includes a workshop on familial homicide.

The 61-year-old has never publicly apologised for the toddler's death, despite a damning report in the wake of the scandal which exposed deep failings in her department.

She has previously said that she was also a "victim" of the Baby P scandal because she had not managed to find a job since 2008.

Last year she received a £680,000 payout from Haringey Council after winning an unfair dismissal case over her sacking by then Children's Minister Ed Balls.

The case provoked national outrage after it emerged that social workers, police and doctors missed a series of warning signs that could have saved the child's life during the eight-month period of abuse.

Robin Moulster, of the Wales division of the British Association of Social Workers, which is running the conference, defended Mrs Shoesmith's appearance, insisting she would not be getting paid. He said: "The issue is about how we can ensure children are better protected and, based on Sharon's experience, she is a very good person to do that."


The horrific nature of tragic Peter Connelly's death shocked the public. The toddler was found dead in his blood-stained cot at his mother's flat with a snapped spine and eight broken ribs, despite 60 visits from social workers and police. His mother Tracey Connelly was jailed over her son's death in May 2009, as were her partner Steven Barker and his pervert brother Jason Owen.

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