Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: National inquiry into boy’s deathon December 5, 2021 at 10:42 am

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Lessons will be learnt to protect other children from such evil crimes, the government says.

Undated handout of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Image source, Family handout

The killing of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes will be the subject of a national review to protect other children from such evil crimes, the government says.

The six-year-old was tortured and killed by his father and stepmother after social workers found “no safeguarding concerns”.

Emma Tustin was jailed for 29 years for murder and child cruelty and Thomas Hughes got 21 years for manslaughter.

Nadhim Zahawi said: “We will not rest until we have the answers we need.”

The education secretary announced “a single, national review of Arthur’s death to identify where we must learn from this terrible case”.

He has asked inspectors in social care, health, police and probation to urgently investigate the safeguarding agencies in Solihull to whom Arthur was known.

The national review “upgrades” the existing local review, launched shortly after Arthur’s death in June 2020, a statement from the Department for Education said.

Mr Zahawi is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons on Arthur’s case on Monday.

The Department for Education said over the next few days it will work with the national panel and the Solihull partnership to agree a timeline for publication of the national review.

It will also agree the full scope of the Joint Targeted Area Inspection with the agencies involved, it said.

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