The social worker who blew the whistle on Haringey Council’s failings said yesterday Tracey Connelly is back where she belongs.
Nevres Kemal said :
“I’m relieved she is now back in prison because she should never have been let out in the first place.
“What that horrible woman did, allowing her child to be tortured to death, deserves a much longer sentence.
“Baby P’s life was not valued and the outrage goes on. That boy has been failed since his birth, he was failed then and he is still being failed by the justice system now. It is a disgrace to his memory.
“Obviously nothing changed at Haringey. Just last month another baby at risk died. What kind of world are we living in?
“You can’t legislate for how people behave but you can put systems in place. Kids die in every borough but there seems be something specifically going wrong in Haringey.
“Despite inquiries and all the money that has been spent, they still do not seem to grasp the principles of social working. Nothing has really changed. They put a few people on gardening leave, brought a few people in, but nothing has changed.”
“Haringey has a culture of cover-up and not just in the children services department. They are so fearful that they are blinded to the fundamentals of safeguarding.
“There are kids on the at-risk register tonight who are suffering. They are not safe – and they are not being protected.
“Alarm bells should be ringing. Because these people have not done their job, abused babies are in their coffins”.
CATALOGUE OF ABUSE
March 1, 2006 : Peter is born
June 2006 : Tracey Connelly in relationship with Steven Barker, who later moves into her North London home
December 2006 : Connelly arrested over bruises on Peter’s face. He is taken into care but returned to her in January 2007.
April 2007 : Peter admitted to hospital with bruises, black eyes and swelling to head.
May 2007 : Peter back in hospital. Connelly is arrested again.
June 2007: Barker’s brother Jason Owne moves into Connelly’s.
July 30, 2007 : Social worker misses injuries to P after he is smeared with chocolate.
August 2, 2007 : Connelly told by cops she will not be prosecuted.
August 3, 2007 : Baby Peter is found dead.
November 11, 2008 : Owen and Barker found guilty of causing Peter’s death after Connelly had admitted had admitted the charges.
May 1, 2009 : Barker also convicted of raping a girl of two. He gets life.
May 22, 2009 : Connelly gets minimum five years for Peter’s death. Barker gets 12 years. and Owen’s term set at six years.
August 2011 : Owen released from jail but returns in April 2013 for breaching release conditions.
November 2013 : Connelly released.
February 2015 : Connelly recalled.