PCCSF is an independent professional organisation set up to
support doctors with an interest or involvement in protecting
and safeguarding children. At present, it is funded by membership subscription, run as a not-for-profit company. PCCSF is affiliated to the Alliance of Primary Care Societies from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

We welcome members from all four UK jurisdictions, representing doctors from Primary Care with an interest in
the protection and promotion of welfare of children and young people. Our membership is predominantly GPs but we welcome doctors from other specialties interested in this work.

The benefits of membership include:
· A secure email discussion group;
· A regular newsletter;
· An annual conference ( The 7th is at RCGP in 2014)

A special seminar was held in 2013 to help define the role on Named GPs for Safeguarding Children and prepare a position statement on primary care safeguarding. Membership has grown year by year from 24 in 2007 to 70 in 2014.

For details of membership contact: pccsfmembership@nhs.net

Danny Lang,
Vice Chair, PCCSF

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Baby P interim notes

Baby P: summary
Died 3.8.2007 Haringey
Mother born 1981
Mother’s Boyfriend born 1976
Other adults Jason Owen, born 1972 [lodger]
Angela Godfrey, mother’s friend
Other children Runaway [age 15] [Owen’s girlfriend?]
GP Dr Jerome Iqwueke
Paediatricians Dr Heather Mackinnon, Whittington Hospital
Dr Sabah Al-Zayyat, St Anne’s Hospital
Police DC Angela Slade
Social Services MariaWard [field worker]
Gillie Christou [manager]
 Eight broken ribs and a broken back, with another area of bleeding around the spine at neck
 Numerous bruises, cuts and abrasions, including a deep tear to his left ear lobe, which had
been pulled away from his head.
 Severe lacerations to the top of his head, including a large gouge which could have been
caused by a dog bite.
 Blackened finger- and toenails, with several nails missing; the middle finger of his right hand
was without a nail and its tip was also missing, as if it had been sliced off.
 A tear to his frenulumwhich had partially healed.
 One of his front teeth had also been knocked out and was found in his colon. He had
swallowed it.
 Lacerations/tears to scalp consistent with dog bites
Chronology dates
 September 2006: Mum tells GP “child bruises easily”
 October 2006: Mum explains to GP baby had fallen down stairs previous day
 11 December 2006: GP notices more bruising which mother could not explain
o immediately referred to Paediatrician [Dr Mackinnon,Whittington Hospital]
o Social Services notified [?by whom]
o Child on Protection Register [Neglect, Physical Abuse]
 16 December 2006: Released into care of Angela Godfrey
 19 December: Mother & partner arrested & bailed
o CPS decided no reasonable prospect of successful prosecution
o [Police closed investigation into abuse 2 August 2007]
 January 2007: Returned to family home by Social Services
 Case Conferences
o Paediatrician unable to attend but “made report available”
o says she “would not have supported return to family home”
o Mother “working well” with Social Services
o illusion fabricated that Mother living alone
o Mother completed parenting course
 Feb-April 2007: Boyfriend frequently left in charge
o injuries coincided with his increasing involvement in household
 April 2007: Taken to Hospital “unexplained cuts & bruises”
 June 2007: Taken to Hospital “unexplained cuts & bruises”
 25 July 2007: Telephoned GP to ask help “getting Social Services off her back”
 26 July 2007: Saw GP, noticed child “withdrawn”
 1 August 2007: Saw Paediatrician [Dr Sabah Al-Zayyat, St Anne’s Hospital]
o child development clinic
o child not examined because “cranky and miserable”
o with her for an hour
 2 August 2007 Police announced they were closing investigation
 3 August 2007 Mother called 999
o Baby P “blue, cold and stiff”
o Formally pronounced dead at North Middlesex Hospital shortly after midday
PCCSF will await outcome of the National Inquiry announced today/
AJM11 Nov 2008