The sister of Baby P ‘was also abused’

A sister of Baby P, the 17-month-old boy killed while under the protection of Haringey social services, was allegedly seriously abused despite also being on the council’s “at risk” register.

The girl and Baby P, who died in August last year at the hands of his mother, stepfather and a lodger, had both become subjects of child protection plans eight months earlier.

Baby P was found dead in his blood-spattered cot with multiple injuries including fractured ribs and a broken back. He had suffered months of physical torture but social workers and other officials failed to save him despite more than 60 visits. It has now emerged that Baby P’s sister was also allegedly subjected to serious abuse. Legal restrictions prevent further details being disclosed.

The job of Sharon Shoesmith, head of children’s services in Haringey, was in the balance this weekend with ministers privately describing her position as untenable. An inquiry began last week into child protection in the borough.

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