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

24 June 2022

The Education Committee will hold 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.

Purpose of the session

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 will also hear 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.” 

Witnesses

From 10.00:

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

From approximately 10.30:

  • 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

Further information

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