Social work sector doubles down after Arthur Labinjo-Hughes death

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The children’s social care sector has reacted to the death of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes by telling social workers that they are never to blame for child deaths caused by their carers, in a Facebook post for online magazine, Social Work News.

The post’s headline, which received more than 1,500 likes and ‘thumbs up’ from commenters was also shared more than 2,000 times.

The comment follows the announcement of little Arthur’s death, who was poisoned, starved and beaten to death by his carers over an extended period of time. Social workers who saw Arthur just two months before he died concluded there were no safeguarding concerns.

Social Work News’ website also carried a featured story by “Social Work Tutor” with the headline, “SOCIAL WORKERS ARE DAMNED IF WE DO AND DAMNED IF WE DON’T.”

The rest of the site’s current front page appears to be dedicated to parents who kill their…

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