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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.

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'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."

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