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1,400 at risk children 'not safe'

Birmingham City Council has admitted the safety of 1,400 at risk children cannot be guaranteed. The revelation came after a review found a collective failure by agencies to prevent the death of Keanu Williams, two, at the hands of his mother.

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'Opportunity after opportunity to intervene was missed'

The Serious Case Review into Keanu Williams' death found the toddler died "because people missed opportunity after opportunity to intervene, and do something decisive to ensure he was safe and properly cared for."

Keanu Williams was two years old when he was beaten to death by his mother. Credit: West Midlands Police

The review, which was undertaken by the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB), stated that although some staff "did their best" for the two-year-old boy, others "did not comply with required practice, processes and procedures."

"Those staff have already been held to account for this by individual agencies," Jane Held, chairwoman of the BSCB said.

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