Thursday, 26 May 2011

Leicestershire County Council social workers still suspended on full pay

Three social workers who were suspended on full pay after ignoring warnings about a father who later attacked his baby are still off work 10 months later.

They were suspended after a serious case review examined how Zak Whitlock, 21, was allowed to return to the family home in Wigston despite having a history of mental illness, domestic violence and drug abuse.

He was left alone with his daughter, known as Baby B, despite warnings he could harm her. Whitlock smashed the seven-week-old's skull and fractured a rib. She was left permanently brain damaged and has a severely misshapen head.

The serious case review published last summer unearthed a series of blunders by Leicestershire County Council staff. Three social workers, including a manager, were suspended. But almost a year later, disciplinary proceedings have not been concluded and the individuals are still suspended.

A council officer, who did not wish to be named, said: "These things are very complicated. "When people's livelihoods are on the line you've got to be incredibly thorough."

My comment: "When people's livelihoods are on the line you've got to be incredibly thorough." but obviously not when a a baby's life is in danger?  

After Leicestershire County Council, Baby B, Harnigey Council, Baby P, Birmingham Council, the NHS scandals and others, why has no watchdog or ombudsman been sacked for allowing council social services or the NHS to get into such an appalling state in the first place?

Don't MPs ever connect the dots? 

Read the full story from the source This is Leicestershire

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