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Bonkers Blog March 2016

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14 March (Part 1) - To the relief of parents everywhere - except Sunderland

Read MurphyAn anonymous message a week ago was rather too cryptic for me but it appeared to be suggesting that what may be Bexley Council's longest surviving Deputy Director was on the move.

Surviving that is, the death of four year old Rhys Lawrie who Bexley Council failed after reports by medical staff and teachers went unheeded, the death of six months old Ndingeko Kunene who died of rickets in Erith, and the two Serious Case Reviews.

The damning OFSTED Report on Children in Care in 2012 (INADEQUATE on all five measures) saw dismissals but not at senior level. Deputy Director Sheila Murphy led a charmed life and some say she was protected by the Council Leader herself.

Now it is confirmed. Ms. Murphy leaves Bexley on 15th April and is said to be taking up a similar position in Sunderland. Whatever are they thinking?


Inspection date: 11 May to 4 June 2015.

Sunderland was rated Inadequate under every measured parameter. Ms. Murphy should feel instantly at home.


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