June 2022

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Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson: National review

The national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has published its review into the tragic deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson.

We have provided a link to the report here: National review into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The report makes a number of local and national recommendations. It also contains a set of important practice issues that all Safeguarding Partners need to consider and assure themselves that they are being dealt with effectively in their local area. These are:

  • Robust multi-agency strategy discussions are always being held whenever it is suspected a child may be at risk of suffering significant harm.
  • Sufficient resources are in place from across all agencies to allow for the necessary multi-agency engagement in child protection processes e.g., strategy discussions, section 47 enquiries, Initial Child Protection Conferences.
  • There are robust information sharing arrangements and protocols in place across the Partnership.
  • Referrals are not deemed malicious without a full and thorough multi-agency assessment, including talking with the referrer, and agreement with the appropriate manager. Indeed, the Panel believes that the use of such language has many attendant risks and would therefore discourage its usage as a professional conclusion.

The Panel is organising three webinars to help disseminate learning and key messages from the national review. 

The first of these webinars is for multi-agency safeguarding partners in local authorities, the police and health who are working at a senior-level and have accountability for child safeguarding. It is taking place on Weds 29th June, 2pm to 3pm. Please register your interest by using the link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-for-multi-agency-safeguarding-partners-tickets-349596481487

The other two webinars will be for business managers and frontline practitioners respectively. Further details on each of these events will be shared in due course and we would appreciate it if you could cascade them to your networks.

Places for the webinars are limited in order to facilitate meaningful discussion, so please limit the number of representatives from your local area to ensure there is a balance across the statutory partners and across England.


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