Poppi Worthington- “This Sounds Like A Depressingly Familiar Catalogue Of Failure And Cover Up.”

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Poppi Worthington hit the headlines in 2012, when she died of horrific injuries at only 13 months. At the time, police and other officials refused to go into detail about the death, but a report that has now been published confirms the worst.

In a report released on 19th January, 2016, Mr Justice Jackson confirms that astonishing failings by both the police and social services will now mean that justice will be denied to little Poppi. 

The judge goes on to conclude that, on the balance of probabilities, her father Paul Worthington had “perpetrated a penetrative… assault on Poppi” shortly before she died.

We are also told that no officer was ever sacked over the errors in Poppi’s case, and the policeman in charge of the investigation took retirement at the age of 48 on a pension of up to £46,000 a year.

Now, a new inquest into Poppi’s death…

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Narey To Give Evidence To Children’s Residential Care Inquiry

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On 16th December last year, The Education Committee launched an Inquiry into the Narey Review of Children’s Residential Care, which has been designed to help shape and develop the Review.

The next meeting will be with Sir Martin Narey himself, and will take place on 27th January, 2016 at 10.15am. This will be a one-off evidence session. 

Parliament’s website tells us that the Inquiry has been set up to work out the scope, focus and conduct of the Narey Review, and as such asked to hear from:

  • People who had worked in children’s homes or other residential care settings, and
  • Young people with experience of residential care placements.

The Review itself aims to explore the role of children’s homes when it comes to placement, what works, what could be improved within residential care and generally what might help to make things better for children in care.

Whilst the deadline for submitting…

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