News round up: Social services face questions over starved girl

    Khyra Ishaq starvation death: Social services face questions over girl

    Khyra Ishaq was found with her five brothers and sisters living in squalid conditions in a house in Birmingham.

    Critically ill, she was taken to hospital but died hours later, while the rest of the children were treated for emaciation.

    Angela Gordon, 33, and 29-year-old Junaid Abuhamza – believed to be her mother and step-father – appeared before magistrates on Monday, charged with neglect and were remanded in custody.

    Birmingham Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood called for an investigation into the city’s social services after it emerged that Khyra and the other children had been taken out of school nearly three months ago amid claims of bullying.
    Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph

    Teeth found at Jersey home ‘belonged to children’

    Detectives investigating allegations of abuse at a former Jersey children’s home said yesterday that bone and teeth fragments found in the cellar belonged to children, and added that their condition suggested murders had been committed.

    Lenny Harper, the officer leading the inquiry, said further tests on bone fragments unearthed at Haut de la Garenne would be required to establish the date of deaths.
    Read more on this story in The Guardian

    Schools told to take on growing menance of gangs

    Headteachers will today be advised to screen pupils’ computer accounts and gather proof, including photographic evidence, where they suspect teenagers and even primary children of joining gangs.
    Ministers have drawn up advice to schools on identifying and dealing with gang members amid growing evidence young pupils are drawn in by older siblings. They are concerned sexual abuse of girls is spreading through gang cultures.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian

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