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BBC London correction

13 April 2010

Since the tragic death of Peter we have tried to learn the lessons and share these appropriately.

As a confidential review into the practice of an individual, the report mentioned by the BBC remains unpublished.  However, we have shared the report with all appropriate bodies investigating the death of this child.  It is not correct to say that we failed to be open with the relevant parties.

We acknowledged the report 06/05/08.

We discussed the report with the then chair of the Local Safeguarding Board including the recommendations, which we understood would be referenced in the serious case review.  The report was shared with them, although paragraphs relating to other children, not of interest to social services, were removed.  Matters covered by staff confidentiality were also removed.

As there was a criminal trial, we gave the whole report to the Metropolitan police 13/5/08, to the Crown Prosecution Service, 25/6/08, it would not be for us to give the report to the defence but the CPS following normal disclosure procedures. 

The report was sent in full to the Joint Area Review (JAR) involving the Healthcare Commission, predecessor to the CQC, on the 20/11/08.   We note the CQC has confirmed in a statement to the BBC it received that report.

The report was one of the sources for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report published May 2009 which was extensively covered at the time.

The report was also shared in full with the new Serious Case Review.  The new, independent chair has confirmed he saw the whole report.

The Trust has worked hard with partners to improve services and we are pleased to note the positive OFSTED review and that we met all core standards for child protection in all services (earlier this year).  Although we now run all the community child health services in Haringey, at the time we only supplied the medical staff, we did not fund or run the service.

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Notes to editors

Note: the statement published 13/04 has been updated to clarify dates, add information about the second serious case review, and to note the point about staff confidentiality.

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