Belfast Telegraph

Sacked chief Sharon Shoesmith hopes to work with children in future


Co Antrim woman Sharon Shoesmith has reportedly posted a statement online saying she hopes to resume work with children.

The senior social worker always refused to take any responsibility for the failings in the Baby P case and became a hate figure for many because of her strident defence of her position.

Her six-figure payout will reignite much of that public disapproval, with her reported statement also showing no signs of any regret about the part she and her team played in the tragic death of the toddler.

It quoted her as saying: "A final farewell to Haringey as my case concludes.

"I wish those of you in children's services, especially in Haringey, success, strength and courage in all that you do.

"Children have been my life's work and I hope to continue in some capacity soon now that my PhD is almost complete."

Meanwhile a whistleblower in the Baby P case has called on Ed Balls to explain to the public his "knee-jerk response" in sacking the former head of Haringey Council's children's services, after she received a six-figure payout.

Dr Kim Holt raised concerns about the quality of care at St Ann's Hospital in Haringey, north London, in 2007, six months before Peter was treated there and doctors failed to note his injuries.

She believes Mr Balls made a scapegoat by sacking Ms Shoesmith so quickly and he failed to look into broader problems, such as NHS failings.

£600k payout for Shoesmith is 'shocking' 

Belfast Telegraph

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph