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Christian Leaders Stand Ready to Help after Tragic Child Deaths

Christian leaders stand ready to work with the government to stop more children being harmed following the tragic deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson.

Six-year-old schoolboy Arthur died after being subjected to months of abuse by his father and stepmother who have both been jailed.

A local review into Star’s death will feed into the wider national review into Arthur’s case, which is being led by Annie Hudson and is due to be completed by May 2022.

An open letter to the government has been signed by 21 leaders from Christian denominations, safeguarding agencies and faith-based charities offering their “full cooperation and assistance” with the review.

“The murders of Arthur and Star are the latest in a catalogue of high-profile deaths of children in living memory, including Victoria Climbié (2000), Peter Connolly (2008), Kristy Bamu (2010), and Daniel Pelka (2012) among many other names that we don’t know,” the letter says.

“It should not take another child’s tragic and avoidable death for us to respond to ongoing challenges of protecting vulnerable children in our nation, however it would also be wrong not to be inspired by Arthur’s cry for help to redouble our efforts to keep all children safe.”

The letter has been coordinated by Dr Krish Kandiah, Christian social entrepreneur, and Justin Humphreys, CEO of independent Christian safeguarding charity Thirtyone:eight.

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