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Bradford Safeguarding Children Board respond to concerns

Hamzah's death resulted in a serious case review. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The leader of Bradford's Safeguarding Children Board has responded to concerns raised about the Hamzah Khan Serious Case Review.

The review concluded that the death of four year-old Hamzah, whose mummified body was found in his cot nearly two years after his death, could not have been predicted.

That was then challenged by Children's Minister Edward Timpson.

In a letter, board chairman Professor Nick Frost responded, saying the findings showed that the threshold of concern was not reached to trigger a child protection investigation.

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Hamzah Khan's body was found in his home in Bradford almost two years after he died. His mother Amanda Hutton was jailed for 15 years. A serious case review found his death was "not predictable", but that Bradford social services did miss some warning signs.

Today the Education Select Committee asked children's minister Edward Timpson what his views were on the report.


Video: Safeguarding Children Board interview

The Children's Minister Edward Timpson has criticised the report, claiming it did not explain why chances to protect Hamzah were missed.

Another source from the Department for Education described the report as "rubbish." Christine Talbot spoke to Professor Nick Frost, the man who oversaw the serious case review and asked him his response to those claims.

Hamzah Khan: Serious Case Review criticised by MPs

A report into the death of Hamzah Khan has claimed that a similar tragedy "could not be avoided" in the future.

Hamza died after being starved by his mother Amanda Hutton. His body lay in a cot in her bedroom for almost two years.

Today the man who headed up the review says systems let the little boy down. He added that lessons will be learned and no one person was responsible.

But within minutes of the report being published, the Children's Minister said he had "deep comcerns" over the review and claimed it failed to fully explain "missed opportunities".

Chris Kiddey reports.


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Key questions asked by minister after Khan review

The children's minister Edward Timpson has requested answers to ten key questions following the publication of a serious case review into Hamzah Khan's death.

Here are some of them:

  • Whether or not one of Hamzah's siblings was assessed by social care workers after reporting domestic violence to the police in December 2006.
  • Why no assessment was carried out in April 2009 after police reported to social care that Hamzah's mother Amanda Hutton appeared to be "under the influence".
  • Why an assessment was not conducted in January 2011 when the school of one of Hamzah's siblings reported low attendance rates and that the child "appeared physically neglected".
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