Review of the year - October

This Is Local London: Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis presenting Anoria Simmons with her Teacher of the Year award Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis presenting Anoria Simmons with her Teacher of the Year award

In October, we reported how a child who suffered horrific injuries was sent back into the care of his parents - despite hospital staff knowing that he was being seriously abused.

In a case that echoed that of the death of Baby P, Haringey Borough Council was again criticised for weakness in the protection of children.

According to a Serious Case Review, Child T, now aged six, was three years old when staff at North Middlesex Hospital first noticed unexplained bruising in June 2010.

Over a period of eight months, Child T was taken to hospital at least three times and on one occasion he had more than 50 bruises on his body.

He had been beaten with a belt, stick and a cable.

The report was published days after a parole board ruled that Baby P's mother, Tracey Connelly, could be released from prison after serving four years behind bars.

Meanwhile, the armed police officer who shot Mark Duggan told the jury in the inquest into his death that he opened fire when he saw the 29-year-old point a gun at him.

The officer said he fire the fatal shot claimed in self-defence, but when the police searched Mr Duggan's body they found no gun.

A gun, wrapped in a dark sock, was later recovered between 10ft and 20ft away in a grass area behind a wall.

Also in October, a social worker employed by the council was suspended for failing to raise the alarm about a 12-year-old girl who claimed she had sex with her mother’s boyfriend.

Diane Onyango was suspended for 12 months after she failed to action to help the girl know as “Child B”.

The council were also criticised for failing to notice that Onyango was out of her depth but said it was the one who took action against the social worker.

Finally, a Tottenham primary school teacher was crowned Teacher of the Year at a national awards ceremony.

Anoria Simmons, a maths teacher at Devonshire Hill Primary School, received the Plato prize at the 2013 Pearson Teaching Awards.


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