Tia agencies cleared of blame

An inquiry following the murder of schoolgirl Tia Sharp has found that authorities had no warning signs that her life was in danger.

'Missed opportunities' to engage with Tia's family

An inquiry following the death of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp said there were "missed opportunities" for authorities to engage with the 12-year-old's family.

Stuart Hazell murdered Tia Sharp and was jailed for 38 years. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

The report by Merton Safeguarding Children Board said: "Merton Children's Social Care services received a number of referrals about Child A's family.

"These referrals arose from general concerns and there was no direct evidence of abuse or neglect, but the earlier referrals were not followed up thoroughly.

"These were missed opportunities to assess and try to engage with the family."

'No information' Tia was at risk of physical harm

A Merton Safeguarding Children Board inquiry into the death of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp said there was no information she was at risk of physical harm.

Although there are lessons to be learned and areas in which services can be improved, there was no information known to any agency which would suggest that Child A's (Tia Sharp's) life would end as it did, or indeed that she was at any risk of physical harm.

– Merton Safeguarding Children Board report

Read: Tia's mother - Stuart Hazell 'deserves to suffer'

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Authorities had 'no warning signs' over Tia's death

Authorities had no warning signs that the life of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp was in danger, an inquiry has found.

Stuart Hazell was jailed for 38 years for Tia Sharp's murder.

The 12-year-old was sexually assaulted and murdered by her grandmother's boyfriend Stuart Hazell in August last year after he developed an obsession with her.

An "inappropriate tolerance" was given to drug abuse among her family and Tia's repeated absences from school were not tackled properly, a report by Merton Safeguarding Children Board found.

Her mother Natalie Sharp was on the brink of prosecution for her truancy - until grandmother Christine Bicknell intervened by saying Tia could stay at her home.

A few weeks later the schoolgirl was dead.

Read: Tia's mother - Stuart Hazell 'deserves to suffer'