Friday, 23 May 2008

Review launched after girl 'starved to death'

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SENIOR social workers were today launching a wholesale review into the tragic death of Khyra Ishaq. The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board was due to review the case in the wake of the seven-year-old's death. They were meeting against a growing clamour for answers to why a bright, lively girl could die of starvation in Birmingham. Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said the youngster and her brothers and sisters had been simply "forgotten by the system". He branded the City Council's reaction to the tragedy "incompetent" and accused senior officers of building a "wall of silence" around the tragedy. The Perry Barr MP wants details of what checks had been made on the children since Khyra was withdrawn from school 10 weeks ago after complaints of bullying. He said he feared Khyra and her siblings had simply been "forgotten by the system". "I believe a visit was made by an education worker but that doesnt seem to have been followed through," said Mr Mahmood. "It appears that somebody has failed to help these children and we havent learned from previous cases. Im asking the chief executive of the council for a full inquiry."

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