Arthur Labinjo-Hughes report: West Midlands Police to extend spending on weak children in Solihull after criticism


West Midlands Police has vowed to spend extra money on defending at-risk kids after it confronted recent criticism in a brand new report into the Arthur Labinjo-Hughes tragedy. The power mentioned it might additionally enhance the standard of its data administration within the wake of findings that probabilities had been missed to assist the six-year-old.

Responding to a Little one Safeguarding Observe Assessment Panel report into his demise at his stepmother’s house in Shirley, Solihull, in June 2020, the power mentioned it might commit further assets to baby safeguarding within the city.

It additionally mentioned it might ‘enhance the standard and administration of knowledge’ it held to raised handle dangers. Arthur was repeatedly abused by Emma Tustin, and his father dad, Thomas Hughes, who had been each jailed for his demise.

Tustin was sentenced to a minimal of 29 years for homicide whereas Hughes was jailed for 21 years for manslaughter. Police beforehand confronted earlier criticism from Ofsted for the standard of the data held on its ‘Join’ document system. This did not hyperlink key data on offenders and kids in danger. It was mentioned to have duplicate and inaccurate information, which meant some weak kids slipped by way of its internet.

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Responding to the Little one Safeguarding Observe Assessment Panel’s report publication on Thursday, Could 26, West Midlands Police mentioned it might act upon a ‘variety of essential native and nationwide suggestions’ to assist it and its companions ‘work extra successfully collectively’. It mentioned it’s going to enhance coaching for its employees and can ‘strengthen’ its capability to id and shield kids from ‘cruelty and neglect’.

Assistant Chief Constable, Claire Bell, of West Midlands Police mentioned: “The tragic demise of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes has had a profound influence on so many individuals. We owe it to Arthur to not miss a single alternative to be taught from what occurred to him so we will higher shield kids sooner or later.

“The report by the nationwide Little one Safeguarding Observe Assessment Panel makes a lot of essential native and nationwide suggestions that can assist police and companions to work extra successfully collectively. We’ll proceed to work with our companions to behave on these suggestions, constructing on the progress we now have already made to enhance safeguarding for youngsters throughout the West Midlands.

“This consists of investing further assets into baby safeguarding in Solihull, and bettering the standard and administration of knowledge held on the power data administration system to allow us to establish and handle dangers extra precisely and enhance our capability to stop and examine crime.”

The assertion continued: “The report acknowledges the devoted work of officers and employees who work in baby safety, who face probably the most advanced challenges. We’re dedicated to making sure they’ve one of the best coaching and assist and are offering further coaching throughout a variety of vulnerability and safeguarding, together with home abuse incidents.

“It will strengthen their capability to establish and shield kids from all types of cruelty and neglect. We all know there may be nonetheless extra to do and we’re decided to work collectively with companions to behave upon the panel’s suggestions and make the modifications wanted to raised safeguard kids sooner or later.”

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