Voluntary Sector: Taking action ... Parents/general public vs Haringey Council

Target: Haringey Council
Protesters: Parents/general public
Location: Haringey Council offices
Date: 20 November-ongoing

- What happened?

Parents staged a demonstration outside Haringey Council offices last week to protest at the authority's handling of the Baby P case. As PRWeek went to press, more than 850,000 people had signed The Sun's petition calling for the authority figures involved in the case to be sacked. The newspaper claimed this was the largest petition in the history of newspapers. The internet has also been widely used by members of the public to express their horror at the death of a baby through sustained abuse.

- How did Haringey respond?

After its children's services chief initially refused to apologise for the case, the leader of the council George Meehan made a 'heartfelt and unreserved apology'. The council put information on the case on its website. A government review of child protection is under way.

- How did the media cover it?

The media were widely sympathetic to the protests. The Sun's initial plea to sign its petition has been followed up with regular updates on the total number of signatures received. The tabloid claimed initial anger had turned into 'a deafening roar of protest that is sweeping Britain'.

- What will happen next?

A series of national protests is organised for 13 December, when people will simultaneously take to the streets in Swansea, Manchester, London and Newcastle among other places.

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