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Starved boy review concerns

The children's minister has said he has "deep concerns" about the serious case review into the death of a four year old boy who was starved by his mother. Hamzah Khan's body was found in a cot in his Bradford home in 2011 - two years after he died.

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College of Social Work: No child should fall 'off radar'

The Hamzah Khan serious case review brings into sharp focus why there must be strong, joined up and effective systems in place to keep in contact with, and track, children at risk. No child should ever fall off the radar or become invisible, to child protection agencies and society as a whole.

Several key issues stand out. The report demonstrates powerfully the paramount need to keep sight of children who may be suffering neglect or abuse; the needs of vulnerable parents must never obscure focus on knowing what life is like for children. Talking and listening to them, as well as observing how their lives are affected, is an essential element of child protection practice.

– Annie Hudson, chief executive of The College of Social Work

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