First Climbie, now Ishak – when will we learn?

Only yesterday I asked what lessons had been learnt exactly ten years on from the death of Victoria Climbie.

And the answer? Absolutely none, or so it seems from the story of seven year old Khyra Ishak’s death from starvation at the hands of her mother in Handsworth, Birmingham.

The presiding judge in the trial said yesterday that little Khyra would “in all probability” still be alive today if the local Social Services had undertaken a propoer assessment when Khyra’s school began to report their concerns about her wlefare, and then acted in accordance with that assessment.

So ten years on from the Climbie case, what have we really learned?

In little Khyra Ishak’s case, absolutely nothing.


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