Safeguarding review to begin following death of Sara Sharif in Woking

Sara Sharif, 10, was found dead at her home in Woking in August Credit: PA

A safeguarding review is set to begin following the death of 10-year-old Sara Sharif.

Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership is due to look at the work of all agencies involved with the youngster’s family, including: police, health, social care and education.

The girl’s father, Urfan Sharif; stepmother Beinash Batool; and uncle, Faisal Malik, are accused of Sara’s murder after her body was discovered at her home in Woking, Surrey, on August 10.

Announcing the review, the independent chairman of the SSCP, Derek Benson, said: “On behalf of the SSCP, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to anyone who knew and cared about Sara Sharif.

“Following Sara’s tragic death in Woking, I can confirm that a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (LCSPR) will be undertaken.

“This review will be independently led by the SSCP and is a statutory process that will bring together partners including the police, health, social care and education to review the practice of all agencies involved with the family and identify any learning.

“This process is likely to take some time, and findings may not be shared by the SSCP until the partnership is assured that doing so will not prejudice any future legal proceedings.”

The trio accused of her murder are due to stand trial in September next year with a plea hearing due to take place at the Old Bailey on December 1.

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