Its now being reported that Ministers were warned by a social worker that Haringey Council wasn’t following the right procedures six months before the death of Baby P. Whether or not anyone from Government took any action remains to be seen but the independent inquiry’s remit just got wider.
A spokeswoman for the DCSF said: “Our records show that we received a letter dated 16 February 2007, that was forwarded to us from the Department of Health, detailing an employment tribunal issue with Haringey Council, and containing an allegation that child protection procedures were not being followed in Haringey.
“Officials from this department replied on 21 March 2007. In that letter they made the point that ministers could not comment on the specific details of the employment tribunal case.
“Secondly, as is standard practice, they suggested that the individual should notify the relevant inspectorate, the Commission for Social Care Inspection, to take appropriate action and they provided the necessary contact details. The Permanent Secretary of the DCSF has looked at the reply and is confident that the proper procedures were followed.”
Gordon Brown rejects allegations of buck passing and says correct procedures were followed.