After reading the news on Nevres Kernal in regards to her whistle blowing on Haringey Council, which if acted upon would surely have saved the life of Baby P. As a result I wanted to look a little deeper, with the BBC website lacking in information about the Whistle Blower in question.
What transpires is that Nevres was discredited and suspended at the time when she made her thoughts know, which makes you wonder why anyone would want to be a whistle blower in the first place, with a virtual guarantee of loosing your job or at the very least being ridiculed, and at the very worst “murdered”. When you compound this with the Government bringing in legislation to protect these people you would have thought this kind of thing wouldn’t happen, but she is not the first of course and a few other high profile cases can be found here on Wikipedia. More recently the suspicious death of Barry Jennings, who spoke about the dead bodies and explosions in building 7 of the world trade centre certainly also makes you think.
I digress a little, but I have to wonder how the BBC can be so unattached, when I had to go to the Sun god forbid to get some accurate info, which was a result of reading this article from Community Care I have also copied below.
Social worker in race case claims Haringey ignored children at risk
Posted: 22 February 2007
A senior social worker has claimed Haringey Council left seven children at risk of abuse and then subjected her to racial disÂcrimination and hostility for whistleblowing.
Nevres Kemal last week had her claims of racial discrimination and less favourable treatment as a result of whistleblowing accepted by an employment tribunal by default because the council failed to respond to them.
The tribunal, held at Watford, made no findings of fact in the case. This week, Haringey rejected Kemal’s claims and is planning to appeal against the decision.
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In papers submitted to the tribunal, Kemal said that in October 2004 she reviewed the case of seven children, aged three to 16, where sexual or physical abuse was suspected. She said: “The files I was passed indicated that children had been sexually abused and left in the care of their abusers for nine months.”
Kemal said five of the children were not given a medical examination at the time of the initial allegations, which “lost potentially important forensic evidence”.
But she said, when she reported the claims, managers failed to act.
She then claimed the council suspended her after the parent of a teenage girl made an allegedly false complaint about her acting aggressively, and a final warning was placed on her record.
But Haringey Council this week described Kemal’s allegations as “spurious and incorrect”.
A spokesperson said that “detailed investigations” were carried out after Kemal made a number of allegations, which found that correct procedures were followed and children were not put at risk by any action or inaction by the council.
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Explaining the council’s failure to respond to the allegations at the tribunal, they said the tribunal papers were never served on the council. “Haringey only became aware of the claim on 16 February 2007,” they added. “Having now seen this claim, we will robustly fight this case. It is very rare for a council to make such an unequivocal rebuttal of an employee’s claims.”
Kemal’s lawyers have written to health secretary Patricia Hewitt calling for a public inquiry.
Contact the author: Mithran Samuel
After reading the Sun and the article above, you couldn’t help feel that all these political correct recruitment policies we all have to adhere to these days, has back fired almost as though we hide behind the structure rather than use our common sense. And as a result we we now have a death of a poor defenceless baby and someone who gets castigated for having the balls to stand up and criticise her department.
I could go on about recruitment policies, internal management, grievances procedures, HR etc, but in some ways this event has covered it all.
What more can I say apart from just being disgusted!