National review of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes murder to recommend changes by May 2022

The government’s national review into the circumstances behind Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’s murder will report by May next year and recommend improvements to local and national child safeguarding practice.

Annie Hudson, chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, will lead her organisation’s first national inquiry and wrote to education secretary Nadhim Zahawi on Monday to propose its terms of reference.

The review will seek to:

  • Establish what happened to Arthur during his life and explore agency involvement with all those charged with caring for him.
  • Evaluate how agencies acted to safeguard Arthur and what factors enabled or limited their ability to protect him from the abuse and neglect that he suffered.
  • Analyse findings alongside learning from other serious incidents and relevant broader evidence.
  • Make recommendations about how local and/or national safeguarding practice and systems should change to protect children in the future.

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Written by Catherine Turner