Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781447316220 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only

The Story of Baby P

Setting the Record Straight

Ray Jones

Ray Jones

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

With a Foreword by Patrick Butler
352 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 | © 2014
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781447316220 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only
In 2007, Peter Connelly, a 17-month-old boy living in north London, died as a result of sustained neglect and abuse. Fifteen months later, his mother, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s brother were sent to prison for his death, but the media—who called Connelly “Baby P”—turned their attention toward the health and social workers who had been attending to him and his injuries during the eight months prior to his death. The Story of Baby P goes in depth into what really happened with Connelly’s care and examines the damaging consequences that the media’s treatment of his case has had on those who work to protect children.
           
Even today the health and social workers who treated Connelly are aggressively pursued by the press. Ray Jones uses this fact to tell a larger story of blame and the media’s role in it, moving from a direct account of the details surrounding Connelly’s death to a look at how the media shifted attention to child services and its failings. He then examines the impact the case and its exposure had on the child protection system in England. The most comprehensive account of Connelly’s unjust death and its ramifications, The Story of Baby P is essential reading for anyone concerned with social services and the real effects of public scandals on the people and organizations caught up in them. 
Malcolm Dean | author of "Democracy Under Attack"
“Jones is a courageous—and all too lonely—voice taking on the tabloids’ distortions of child protection services. His forensic indictment of media coverage of the Baby P case reinforces the need for a robust and independent press regulator.” 
Nigel Parton | University of Huddersfield
“Jones has written an engaging and important book. He provides a detailed critical analysis of the case of 'Baby P' and its impact and the key role of the media in this.”
Mark Drakeford | Cardiff University and Minister of Health and Social Services at the Welsh Government
“This book demonstrates the very rare combination of policy, practice, and academic experience which Ray Jones brings. It deserves to be read by anyone with an interest in contemporary social welfare and its future.”
Harry Ferguson | University of Nottingham
"Jones's important new book shows how the powerful work against social work and the vulnerable."
Professional Social Work
“Its biggest contribution is the insight into how the powerful—including the current Prime Minister—were able to ride rough-shod over a profession with little regard for the consequences.”
Australian Review of Public Affairs
“An important tale of the troubling intersections between the media and political interests that converge in the highly volatile field of child protection.”
Contents

Foreword ~ Patrick Butler
The life and death of Peter Connelly
The 'Baby P story' takes hold
The frenzied media backlash
The influence of reviews and reports
The story's damaging Impact
The continuing legacy of the 'Baby P

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