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BABY P BOSS SACKED.. AND WITH NO PAYOFF; Dad says: One down, but five still to go.


THE boss of the department that failed to stop the tragic death of Baby P was finally fired yesterday.

Sharon Shoesmith was axed from Haringey council's children's services without a payoff in the wake of the abuse scandal.

Baby P's natural father last night spoke of his joy at the sacking, but insisted all those involved in the failures that led to the 17-month-old dying in his blood-soaked cot should be fired.

A family friend said: "He is delighted the right thing has finally happened at Haringey. It is not the end of the matter, though. He feels it is a case of one down and five to go.

"All the social workers whose failures contributed to Baby P's death deserve to be sacked without a penny.

"He thinks this is the least his son deserves. Sharon Shoesmith deserved to be sacked without a payoff."

Haringey council confirmed the sacking. A statement said: "Sharon Shoesmith has been dismissed with immediate effect. She will not receive any compensation or payment in lieu of notice."

Shoesmith, 55, sparked widespread fury after Baby P's death in Tottenham, North London, with her lame response.

She said: "I am satisfied the action that should have been taken was taken." Baby P died in August after months of abuse at the hands of his 27-year-old mum, her boyfriend, 32, and lodger Jason Owen, 36, despite 60 contacts with the authorities.

The trio are awaiting sentence for allowing his death. Shoesmith's sacking comes as it was revealed Haringey council spent pounds 19,000 on media training for high-profile staff in the case.

Local MP Lynne Featherstone branded the move "outrageous".

She said: "Every single penny would have been better spent on improving our children's service."


TRAGEDY Baby P; AXED Children's services chief Shoesmith
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 9, 2008
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