A full report of the official investigation into the death of Birmingham seven year-old Khyra Ishaq will be published, ministers have confirmed.
Children’s minister Tim Loughton said the serious case reviews into the deaths of Baby P, as well as the cases of the Edlington brothers and Shannon Matthews, will be released too.
In an interview with Children and Young People Now, Mr Loughton said: “When you read some of these reviews it becomes clear that a lot of fault can be laid at the door of other agencies. Yet it is always social workers who take the brunt of the criticism. Actually, this is a way of helping to restore some of the lost confidence in social workers.”
The Tories had suggested before the election that they would look to publish the reviews of the worst cases of child abuse retrospectively.
Khyra died in May 2008 when her body succumbed to an infection after months of starvation at her home in Handsworth. It emerged that Birmingham City Council was aware of concerns about the child’s welfare almost five months before her death.
Publication will be subject to certain tests, including ensuring youngsters remain anonymous, the welfare of the child will not be harmed and the reports are appropriately redacted.