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Sharon Shoesmith agrees a settlement

Sharon Shoesmith , the former Haringey council Children's Services Director who was sacked in the wake of the controversy surrounding the death of Peter Connelly, has agreed a settlement for unfair dismissal with her former employers. The deal follows four years of court action to clear her name and be compensated for wrongful dismissal. Sharon was sacked by Haringey five years ago after Ed Balls, the then Children’s Secretary, declared that she should be dismissed without compensation.

Sharon became the focus of blame for one of the most extensive child protection controversies following the death of 17-month-old Peter Connelly, known as Baby P, in July 2007.  Peter, who was on Haringey's child protection registerand died after months of abuse for which his mother, Tracey Connelly, her boyfriend, Steven Barker, and his brother, Jason Owen, were convicted in November.

In an interview with the Guardian in February 2009 Sharon Ed Balls of "breathtaking recklessness" and political opportunism.  The court of appeal, July 2011, found that Sharon had been "unfairly scapegoated" and said her removal from office in December 2008 by Balls had been "intrinsically unfair and unlawful".

The Department for Education is understood to have made a contribution to the settlement.

Tues 29th October 2013

More information on  http://www.theguardian.com/