Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: national review launched

The government has launched a national review into the circumstances behind Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’s murder and commissioned an urgent safeguarding inspection into agencies in his area.

The national inquiry – led by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel – replaces the local practice review that had been commissioned by Solihull Safeguarding Children Partnership.

It and the multi-agency inspection reflects the huge national outcry over Arthur’s murder by his stepmother – for which his father was convicted of manslaughter – amid concerns that agencies failed to effectively safeguard him.

Solihull council staff, including a social worker, had visited the boy’s home two months before his death after concerns were raised by his grandmother, but they said they found no cause for concern, according to BBC News reports.

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