Arthur Labinjo-Hughes report – live updates as review finds family ignored by social services

An expert probe has identified failings of police and social workers before the death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and said desperate reports of his abuse by family members were not properly investigated.

Today, Thursday, May 26, the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel – which looks at serious neglect cases – has reported back. The Panel looked at the murder of Arthur – who was killed in a lockdown house of horror in Solihull in June 2020 – and the tragic case of Star Hobson, who was murdered in Bradford after months of abuse.

Both cases – which involved murder by their parents’ partners – shocked the nation as they progressed through court around the same time. In December 2021, the Government ordered a national panel review to look into how Arthur died. It was later extended to consider the case of Star.

READ MORE:Report finds family of Arthur Labinjo-Huges ignored by social services before murder

Panel Chair Annie Hudson, a former director of children’s services for Bristol City Council, said: “Arthur and Star suffered horrific and ultimately fatal abuse. But sadly, whilst their individual stories are unique, many hundreds of children are seriously harmed each year.

“Our proposed reforms would bring together experts from social work, police and health into one team so that they can have a better picture of what is happening to a child, listening carefully to relatives’ concerns and taking necessary actions to protect children.

“Professionals working to protect children have to deal with the most complex challenges and some perpetrators of abuse will evade even the most robust safeguards. However, in too many instances, there is inadequate join-up in how agencies respond to high-risk situations where children are being abused.”

We are expecting the report to be published around 9 am. You can read the top lines from the report here. We will be providing live updates below.

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