Baby P social worker wins compensation from The Sun

A social worker has accepted an undisclosed pay-out over allegations about her role in the Baby P case.

Peter Connelly, who had been seen 60 times by the authorities, was found dead with more than 50 injuries.

The High Court heard the Sun newspaper said Haringey Council's Sylvia Henry was "grossly negligent" and "thereby to blame for his appalling abuse and death".

The Sun said it would publish an apology to Ms Henry.

Her solicitor Daniel Taylor told Mr Justice Eady the newspaper also said Ms Henry, a social worker in the borough of Haringey for 23 years, had shown no remorse for these failings and was "shameless and had ducked responsibility for Peter's death".

'No justification'

The court heard the articles further alleged Ms Henry was a lazy social worker "who had generally shown an uncaring disregard for the safety of children, even in cases where they obviously required urgent protection".

Mr Taylor said the newspaper "unreservedly accepts that there is no justification for any of the allegations".

He added the Sun had agreed to publish in the newspaper and online its unreserved apology to Ms Henry for the "distress that she has been caused".

He told the judge the newspaper "will compensate her and will pay her legal costs".

Peter Connelly was found dead in 2007, aged 17 months.

Ben Beabey, solicitor for the defendant, News Group Newspapers, publisher of the Sun, said: "The Sun fully accepts that the claimant played no part and bears no responsibility for the circumstances surrounding the death of Peter Connelly and that she did her best for him.

"The Sun apologises to Ms Henry."

Last year, Ms Henry accepted compensation from Haringey Council after the authority made false claims about her and the Baby Peter case on its website.

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