Statement on Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Voice Community – the education and early years section of Community Union – has made a statement about the tragic death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

Voice Section Council held a minute’s silence at its meeting on 4 December as a mark of respect.

Community Assistant General Secretary (Voice Section) Deborah Lawson said:

“We are shocked, saddened and appalled by the death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and the circumstances the led to it.

“This latest tragedy highlights the importance of a properly funded, joined-up, multi-agency approach to protect children, enabling all essential services to work together in partnership.

“Sadly, those services have faced cuts, increased workload and raised thresholds for help, combined with the disruption and dislocation of COVID, leaving bigger gaps for tragedy to happen.

“We therefore welcome the Government’s review and its commitment to ‘identify the lessons that must be learnt from Arthur’s case’.

“However, the Government must ensure that not only are lessons learned, but that timely action is taken to protect vulnerable children in the future.”

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