Children's services boss who quit after Arthur murder WON'T say sorry

Children’s services boss who quit weeks after Arthur was murdered WON’T say sorryas it’s revealed she left her previous £140,000-a-year job following damning report into safety

  • Louise Rees, 60, tendered her resignation shortly after the six-year-old’s death
  • She was allowed to keep working for 12 months while a replacement was sought
  • Ofsted found, during Mrs Rees’s tenure, services for children ‘seriously declined’
  • 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, 소식통은 말했다.

    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 (사진), 60, tendered her resignation to Solihull Council chiefs shortly after the six-year-old’s death sent shockwaves around the children’s services department, 소식통은 말했다

    Louise Rees (사진), 60, tendered her resignation to Solihull Council chiefs shortly after the six-year-old’s death sent shockwaves around the children’s services department, 소식통은 말했다

    The ex-head of the council department that failed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (사진) announced she was retiring weeks after his murder – but refused to apologise yesterday

    The ex-head of the council department that failed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (사진) 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, 말했다: ‘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. According to her LinkedIn profile, 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. 사진: Emma Tustin

    Mrs Rees is likely to have left with a generous lump sum and an annual pension of at least £40,000. 사진: 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,’그들은 말했다.

    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.

    사진: 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

    사진: Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes with father Thomas Hughes and Thomaspartner 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. 이하 15 months later Arthur was dead

    Mrs Rees became director of children’s services at Solihull in March 2019. 이하 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.

    이하 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.

    Boy who never stood a chance: From a killer mother to father and stepmother who mocked and abused him till his dying daytimeline of tragic case

    2019

    이월: Arthur’s biological mother, Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, 29, kills her partner Gary Cunningham by stabbing him 12 times with a kitchen knife.

    Arthur is moved into the care of his father, Thomas Hughes, 29. Later he meets Emma Tustin, 32, 온라인.

    Hughes and Arthur moved into an annexe at the back of his parent’s garden.

    His grandmother said Arthur was ‘nervousat first but became a ‘happy, well-rounded child’.

    팔월: 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.

    구월: Hughesbrother 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.

    십월: Aileen Carabine, a special educational coordinator at Arthur’s school, said Arthur ‘deterioratedthat month.

    She said he became more reserved, anxious and ‘not quite as smiley’.

    십일월: 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.

    12 월: Arthur became upset during a Christmas nativity when the baby was taken out of its crib.

    Hughes proposed to Tustin in the annexe.

    2020

    일월: Arthur’s school begin to raise concerns about him, including his ‘clinginessand ‘obsessionwith soft toys’.

    이월: 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.

    행진: Hughes and Arthur move into Tustin’s home in Solihull.

    4 월 16: Arthur’s paternal grandmother, Joanne Hughes, made a call to Solihull council’s emergency team to report bruises on his shoulders.

    4 월 17: Social worker Jayne Kavanagh and support worker Angela Scarlett-Coppage visit Tustin’s home but report ‘no concerns’.

    4 월 20: A desperate Joanne Hughes tells Arthur’s school about the referral to social services she had made four days earlier. Michelle Hull, safeguarding lead at Dickens Heath Community Primary School, contacts social services but is told they have ‘no concerns’.

    4 월 (specific date unclear): Thomas Hughes fobs off Arthur’s school in online messages, insisting he is ‘doing grand’.

    4 월 (specific date unclear): Arthur’s uncle, Daniel Hughes, tries to alert police to Arthur’s bruises.

    May/June (specific date unclear): When John Dutton, Tustin’s stepfather, says he made an anonymous call to social services.

    유월 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.

    유월 12-15: Arthur spent more than 35 hours in isolation in the hallway.

    On Friday Arthur was made to stand in hall for 14 시간, 19 의사록, as Tustin ate McDonald’s with her son in the living room.

    On Saturday Arthur was made to stand in the hall for 11 시간과 49 의사록.

    비디오에서, 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 시간과 54 minutes and made to wear a fleece onesie.

    유월 15: Tustin is seen waking Arthur up at 7.06am by ripping his bedding from underneath him.

    Horrific final video shows an emaciated Arthur struggling to pick up a duvet from the living room floor where he had been forced to sleep.

    유월 16: Arthur suffered an ‘unsurvivable injurycaused by Tustin repeatedly banging his head on a hard surface.

    유월 17: Arthur’s life support was switched off and he died in hospital.

    칠월 2, 2021: Labinjo-Halcrow is jailed for 11 years for killing Mr Cunningham.

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