court to be told failures at haringey were shocking THE council at the centre of the Baby P scandal left at least seven more vulnerable children at risk of serious abuse, it can be revealed today. An emergency inspection of Haringey childrens department ordered by Childrens Secretary Ed Balls after the Old Bailey trial of 17-month-old Peter Connellys killers found very serious concerns about seven or eight cases among the 632 children on their books. In one, social workers failed to act for two months after a child made a very explicit allegation at school of being sexually abused by its father. In another, they failed to fully consider the dangers posed to the unborn child of a drug-using mother, despite the fact that both men who may have been the father were a risk and the mothers four other children had been taken into care. Ofsted inspector Steve Hart said: Nobody ... can have been in any doubt that these demon- strated very significant profes- sional failings within Haringey council childrens services, and that the consequences was to leave vulnerable children at risk of significant harm. The Ofsted dossier, compiled last November after two weeks of checks, will be used in the High Court today or tomorrow to defend Mr Balls, Ofsted and the council against legal action brought by Haringeys former director of childrens services, Sharon Shoesmith. She is claim- ing that Mr Balls acted illegally in ordering her replacement, and is seeking compensation for loss of earnings. Ms Shoesmith, 56, who earned 133,000 a year, claims she will never work again. The report helps to explain Mr Ballss actions and why, at a press conference last December announcing the removal of Ms Shoesmith, he described Ofsteds findings as devastating. In evidence to the court, lead inspector Heather Brown said: When I began the inspection, I was expecting, and hoping, to find that the case of Baby P was essentially an aberration. What we found was shocking. London Lite Thursday, 8 October 2009 11 by kevin widdop Drinktonight ...fairytaleplaces Lounge Lover THE thing about Lounge Lover that makes you feel as if youre in a fairytale, is that it completely cuts you off from the city outside. The designers do that by providing an alternate reality of strange colours -- and by making you feel like youve gone back in a time machine, with stately home furniture and Victorian lamps. Love Letter cocktail, with raspberry vodka and elderflower, is 8. 1 Whitby Street, E1 (020 7012 1234) chris beanland Read1,ooosofpubandrestaurant reviewsandbookonlineat CaLLooh CaLLay DonT just stare -- go through the looking glass and into the fairytale world of Callooh Callay. named with the poem Jabberwocky -- by Alices Adventures In Wonderland author Lewis Carroll -- in mind, and with wacky dcor inspired by the mad worlds he dreamt up, this place is perfect for anyone with a cheeky, childlike imagination. The Lickety Split cocktail (8.50) includes grappa and nutmeg. 65 Rivington Street, EC2 (020 7739 4781) baby P chiefs left another7 kidsindanger Sacked: Sharon Shoesmith ran council service index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html