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National Panel publish report into the murder of Star Hobson Thu 26 May 2022

Report published into the Murder of Star Hobson



The National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has published its report into the murders of Star Hobson in Keighley and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes in Solihull. The report can be found here

Our partnership response is here:

Janice Hawkes, Independent Chair of The Bradford Partnership – Working Together to Safeguard Children, said:

“On behalf of the Bradford Partnership, I want to say first and foremost that Star’s death in such awful circumstances should not have happened and that we are truly sorry that it did. We know agencies let Star down and we must put things right.

“The publication of this thorough and detailed independent review outlines very clearly the opportunities that we missed locally to better protect Star. We have already put in place steps to tackle this but we recognise that there is still work to do and as a partnership we are entirely committed to improving the safety of children across Bradford.

“The report acknowledges, as every social worker, health professional, police officer and front-line practitioner knows, how complex and challenging working in child protection can be. I welcome the National Panel’s recommendations in asking that government put in place a more up-to-date approach with experts from police, health and social work in dedicated teams working together in every local area.

“As the new Chair of the Bradford Partnership, I am absolutely committed to making sure we do everything in our power to strengthen how we keep children safer in our district. But this report is also about steps that we must take nationally to strengthen our approach to children’s safeguarding. We owe this to Star, Arthur and their families as well as every child up and down the country.”