New Review into Children’s Deaths by their Parents’ Partners Raises Questions About the Future of Social Care
Does another review of more tragic deaths of vulnerable children provide the answers needed to protect children from harm, asks Katharine Quarmby A new report into the deaths of two children murdered by the partners of their parents makes for chilling reading. The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel examined the deaths of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and one-year-old Star Hobson.
From my 12 years of research, I know that the pressure staff come under – especially from hostile parents – can cloud their judgment Harry Ferguson is professor of social work at the University of Birmingham When six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and 16-month-old Star Hobson’s deaths from appalling physical abuse became widely known in December there was an outpouring of public anger, grief and questions about how this could possibly have been allowed to happen.
A review of social services’ role before the murders of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes rightly avoids pinning blame on individuals There were 536 incidents involving serious harm to a child, where abuse was a factor, in the year to March 2021 in England. Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, whose murderers were convicted last December, were among the 223 children who were killed.
A national report says chances to save the 16-month-old's life were missed Police chiefs in Bradford say they 'accept' the recommendations of a report that says chances were missed to save the life of tragic toddler Star Hobson, who was murdered by her mother's partner in 2020.
The murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson shocked the nation when they occurred in the midst of pandemic lockdowns in 2020 A damning report ordered by the Government has exposed the failings of social services in the lead up to the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson in 2020.
A national review has been held into two child deaths, with the horrifying murders of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes 'not isolated incidents'. A council has issued an apology after accepting that opportunities to protect tragic tot Star Hobson from terrifying abuse were missed and that action should have been taken to save her.
Nick Page, chief executive of Solihull Council, said the murder of the six-year-old in June 2020 had 'devastated' the community Solihull social workers were forced to leave their homes because of abuse and threats following the trial of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes's killers, a council boss said.
The situation emerged as a safeguarding review was published following the murders of the six-year-old and 16-month-old Star Hobson. Social workers have had to leave their homes because of abuse and threats following the trial of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’s killers, a council boss has said. Nick Page, chief executive of Solihull Council, said the murder of the six-year-old in June 2020 had “devastated” the community.
A failure by police and social workers to fully investigate bruises on murdered schoolboy Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was a "pivotal" moment to save him, a review has found. The six-year-old died at his step-mother's home in Solihull in June 2020. Arthur's cousin Bernie Dixon has called for social workers to wear bodycams to help prevent similar mistakes.
Review finds ‘fragmented’ oversight of individual cases, such as Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson, who were abused throughout lockdown The social services responsible for looking after Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson worked from home and carried out “virtual visits” over FaceTime, a review has found.
Probe into murders of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes find concerns raised by relatives ‘too often disregarded’ and says ‘fundamental change’ to child protection needed to prevent future tragedies Warnings from relatives of Star Hobson were recorded as “malicious” by social services months before she was murdered by her mother’s partner, a government review has found.
Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: Relatives' warnings about abuse were disregarded by social services and recorded as 'malicious' as little Arthur's killer was seen as a 'protective father', report finds
A review was ordered by Education Secretary after shocking child abuse cases and both died in the care of their parents Officials found family concerns were 'too often' ignored and not investigated It found the current system fails to 'to get to truth of what life is like for children'
Report in wake of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson killings proposes new specialist teams Child protection services in England face a shake-up after an independent review of safeguarding failures that led to the killings of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and the toddler Star Hobson. The review’s central proposal is the creation of specialist child protection teams including social workers, mental health workers, police officers, paediatricians and child psychologists to oversee cases where children are at serious risk of harm.
A new report calls for experts in the police, the health sector and social work to form teams in each local authority area to probe accusations of child cruelty and abuse Dedicated child protection units should be set up across the country to investigate claims youngsters are being harmed, a report says.
Review into deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson calls for dedicated child protection teams
The report says the current safeguarding system is not broken, but there is too much ambiguity and inconsistency which does not serve children, their families or professionals well. A review into the deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson has called for dedicated child protection teams made up of police, healthcare staff and social workers to be set up in every local area.
Will Quince told MPs his priorities in improving services. Major reforms to children’s social care will not “prevent evil” but offer an opportunity to limit the number of tragic cases, an education minister has said. Will Quince told MPs his priorities in response to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in England include improving the protection system and supporting families to care for their children.