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Boss, Sacked Over Baby P, Awarded Six Figure Sum

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The former head of Haringey Children's Services has reportedly been awarded almost £680,000 for her unfair dismissal claim.

Sharon Shoesmith

Sharon Shoesmith was sacked after the 2007 report into the death of Peter Connelly, known as Baby P.

17 month-old Peter died at the hands of his mother Tracey Connelly, her lover Steven Barker and their lodger Jason Owen in Tottenham in August 2007.

He had suffered more than 50 injuries, despite being on the at-risk register and receiving 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals over eight months.

In 2011 Ms Shoesmith won a ruling that she had been unfairly sacked from her job following the report.

Her lawyers argued that she was the victim of a "flagrant breach of natural justice" fuelled by a media witch-hunt.

According to the BBC the figure has been revealed through Haringey Council's draft accounts.

Haringey Council has said that the terms of the settlement are confidential and they will not be commenting.