Children’s services boss who quit weeks after Arthur was murdered WON’T say sorry – as it’s revealed she left her previous £140,000-a-year job following damning report into safety
The ex-head of the council department that failed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes announced she was retiring weeks after his murder – but refused to apologise yesterday.
Louise Rees, 60, tendered her resignation to Solihull Council chiefs shortly after the six-year-old’s death sent shockwaves around the children’s services department, hanno detto le fonti.
But she was allowed to keep working, and drawing her £123,000 salary, for another 12 months while a replacement was sought. Mrs Rees refused to apologise when contacted by the Daily Mail.
Louise Rees (nella foto), 60, tendered her resignation to Solihull Council chiefs shortly after the six-year-old’s death sent shockwaves around the children’s services department, hanno detto le fonti
The ex-head of the council department that failed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (nella foto) announced she was retiring weeks after his murder – but refused to apologise yesterday
The mother of two grown-up daughters, who was pictured walking her dog near her home in Cheshire, disse: ‘I can’t comment at the moment. The case is still in court and it is a matter for the council.’
Mrs Rees is likely to have left with a generous lump sum and an annual pension of at least £40,000. Secondo il suo profilo LinkedIn, she is currently ‘retired and loving it’.
The career civil servant also left her previous job at Stoke City Council, where she was the £140,000-a-year director of children and family services, a week before it too was lambasted for serious failings.
Mrs Rees is likely to have left with a generous lump sum and an annual pension of at least £40,000. Nella foto: Emma Tustin
Ofsted inspectors found that, during Mrs Rees’s tenure, services for children ‘seriously declined’ as a result of ‘poor leadership, management oversight and an absence of performance inspection’.
Children were ‘not being protected’ and ‘widespread and serious failures’ left them at ‘risk of serious harm’.
Although inspectors did not single out individuals for criticism, their report in February 2019 was unequivocal.
‘Leaders and managers failed to recognise and manage risk at every level of the organisation,' loro hanno detto.
An inspection in 2015 had noted that services required improvement or were good, and council chiefs had no idea things had got ‘so bad’.
In the wake of the report, government commissioner Eleanor Brazil, who helped turn around Haringey Council in north London following the Baby P scandal, was sent in to review the department.
Nella foto: Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes with father Thomas Hughes and Thomas’ partner Emma Tustin. Emma Tustin has been convicted of murder and Thomas Hughes is guilty of manslaughter after a harrowing trial at Coventry Crown Court
Mrs Rees became director of children’s services at Solihull in March 2019. Meno di 15 months later Arthur was dead
Although Mrs Brazil accepted the department had been working under budget constraints and frequent changes in senior management had caused disruption, she concluded that previous recommendations had not been implemented and the situation was so grave it would take at least two years to bring services up to scratch.
Mrs Rees became director of children’s services at Solihull in March 2019.
Meno di 15 months later Arthur was dead – despite social workers being warned about the abuse by his own grandmother.
Solihull Council yesterday refused to say what checks had been carried out before Mrs Rees was appointed or when exactly she tendered her resignation.
A spokesman said that an independent investigation was being carried out into Arthur’s death by the local child safeguarding practice review and it would be ‘inappropriate’ to comment ahead of its findings.
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febbraio: La madre biologica di Arthur, Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, 29, uccide il suo compagno Gary Cunningham accoltellandolo 12 volte con un coltello da cucina.
Arthur viene affidato alle cure di suo padre, Thomas Hughes, 29. Più tardi incontra Emma Tustin, 32, in linea.
Hughes and Arthur moved into an annexe at the back of his parent’s garden.
His grandmother said Arthur was ‘nervous’ at first but became a ‘happy, well-rounded child’.
agosto: Hughes met Tustin on dating website Plenty of Fish. They went on their first date in a pub.
Tustin failed to reveal that in 2013 she had tried to commit suicide.
She also failed to reveal how her first two children went to live with their fathers.
After three dates Hughes introduced Tustin to Arthur.
settembre: Hughes’ brother Blake said his nephew’s behaviour ‘change quite a lot’.
He said his brother became more anxious at being told off while his brother ‘became a lot stricter.’
Hughes also recalled an incident where he argued with Tustin because he bought Arthur a Subway sandwich, which she said was ‘an unnecessary treat.’
ottobre: Aileen Carabine, a special educational coordinator at Arthur’s school, said Arthur ‘deteriorated’ that month.
She said he became more reserved, anxious and ‘not quite as smiley’.
novembre: Thomas and his mother Joanne met with Arthur’s school to discuss their growing concerns about his behaviour.
Teachers said Arthur was having nightmares and spoke of his father ‘killing him.’
Tustin became pregnant with Hughes, but had a miscarriage.
dicembre: Arthur became upset during a Christmas nativity when the baby was taken out of its crib.
Hughes proposed to Tustin in the annexe.
gennaio: La scuola di Arthur inizia a sollevare preoccupazioni su di lui, compresa la sua "attaccamento"’ e "ossessione"’ con i peluche'.
febbraio: Tustin took Arthur with her to have her hair done. Arthur was made to sit at a table with his hands on his knees and not move.
marzo: Hughes e Arthur si trasferiscono nella casa di Tustin a Solihull.
aprile 16: La nonna paterna di Arthur, Joanne Hughes, ha chiamato la squadra di emergenza del consiglio di Solihull per segnalare lividi sulle sue spalle.
aprile 17: L'assistente sociale Jayne Kavanagh e l'assistente sociale Angela Scarlett-Coppage visitano la casa di Tustin ma non segnalano "nessuna preoccupazione".
aprile 20: Una disperata Joanne Hughes racconta alla scuola di Arthur del rinvio ai servizi sociali che aveva fatto quattro giorni prima. Michelle Hull, salvaguardare il piombo alla Dickens Heath Community Primary School, contatta i servizi sociali ma gli viene detto che non hanno "preoccupazioni".
aprile (data specifica non chiara): Thomas Hughes telegrafa la scuola di Arthur nei messaggi online, insistendo che sta "facendo alla grande".
aprile (data specifica non chiara): Lo zio di Arthur, Daniel Hughes, cerca di avvisare la polizia dei lividi di Arthur.
Maggio giugno (data specifica non chiara): Quando John Dutton, Il patrigno di Tustin, dice di aver fatto una telefonata anonima ai servizi sociali.
giugno 8: Arthur’s school re-opened but Hughes did not send him back. He claimed his son had a bad night’s sleep and would send him back the next day.
Arthur would never return to school.
giugno 12-15: Arthur spent more than 35 hours in isolation in the hallway.
On Friday Arthur was made to stand in hall for 14 ore, 19 minuti, as Tustin ate McDonald’s with her son in the living room.
On Saturday Arthur was made to stand in the hall for 11 ore e 49 minuti.
Nel video, Hughes can be seen slapping him around the head while Tustin grabbed him by the scruff of the neck as she marches him from the kitchen to the hallway.
The couple spent time in their garden hot tub and eating ice creams.
On Sunday Arthur was in the hallway for 10 ore e 54 minutes and made to wear a fleece onesie.
giugno 15: Tustin is seen waking Arthur up at 7.06am by ripping his bedding from underneath him.
L'orribile video finale mostra un Arthur emaciato che lotta per raccogliere un piumone dal pavimento del soggiorno dove era stato costretto a dormire.
giugno 16: Arthur suffered an ‘unsurvivable injury’ causato da Tustin che sbatte ripetutamente la testa su una superficie dura.
giugno 17: Arthur’s life support was switched off and he died in hospital.
luglio 2, 2021: Labinjo-Halcrow viene incarcerato per 11 anni per aver ucciso il signor Cunningham.