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Education Committee questions Bradford and Solihull councils on the safeguarding failures and murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson

24 June 2022

The Education Committee holds an evidence session examining the failures of Solihull and Bradford councils in responding to the abuse and neglect of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson.


Tuesday 28 June 2022

At 10.00am

  • Annie Hudson, Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

At 10.30am

  • Nick Page, Chief Executive, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Tim Browne, Interim Director of Children’s Services and Skills, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Kersten England, Chief Executive, Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • Marium Haque, Interim Strategic Director of Children’s Services, Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Council chief executives and children’s service leaders are expected to respond to claims, made in a national review, that child protection services failed to take warning signs seriously, with Solihull council finding, two months prior to his death, “no safeguarding concerns” with Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

The review also found that wider family members of both Arthur and Star were not listened to, despite numerous attempts being made by them to flag concerns to authorities. 

MPs also hears from Annie Hudson, Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, who found that “the experiences of Arthur and Star are, tragically, not unusual when considered against other serious safeguarding incidents.” 

We are aware that some of the issues raised during the meeting may be sensitive. If you are concerned about a child or would like advice and/or support on some of the issues raised, please contact the NSPCC on 0808 801 0331 or 0800 800 5000.

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