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NSPCC calls for vigilance on Baby P anniversary

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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has called on members of the public and health workers to report any suspicions they have about child abuse ahead of the fifth anniversary of the death of Baby P.

The charity said examination of 35 cases of under-twos killed since August 2007 “shows a shocking catalogue of violence against defenceless babies and toddlers.”

Nine of the victims were under eight weeks old and one had lived for just 10 days.

Among the injuries suffered were spinal and brain damage, fractured skulls, broken arms, legs and ribs and internal damage.

Most suffered at the hands of their parents or carers who were supposed to protect and care for them.

Baby Peter Connelly died on August 3, 2007 at his home in Tottenham, north London, a day after police told his mother Tracey Connelly she would not be prosecuted over abuse of the 17-month-old.

The toddler was found in his blood-spattered cot with more than 50 injuries.

Today, the NSPCC called for thorough family history checks in all cases of children at risk with “particular attention paid to new men in the household”.

The charity also urged more investment to train and support social workers and retain the best professionals.

Children’s needs must be put first and foremost in professionals’ work too, said the NSPCC.

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