Baby P social workers lose appeal for unfair dismissal

The two social workers who were sacked by Haringey Council following the Baby P case have lost their appeal for unfair dismissal.  Howwever, Maria Ward and Gillie Christou have vowed that they will take the matter to the appeal court.

A hearing on Friday morning found, as had a previous employment tribunal, that Haringey Council had acted reasonably in dismissing them due to serious failings in their care of Peter Connelly who died at 17-months old.

Haringey’s Children’s Services Director at the time of the case, Sharon Shoesmith, successfully took an unfair dismissal case to the court of appeal in May last year.  Judges found that the council had, in her case, acted in a way which was “procedurally unfair” when she was first removed from post and then subsequently dismissed.