Report into failures that led to Khyra Ishaq’s death faces more delays

A report exposing the way Birmingham City Council and other public bodies failed Khyra Ishaq may not be published until almost 30 months after the seven-year-old’s tragic death.

The Birmingham Safeguarding Children’s Board has completed a lessons to be learned study into the case of Khyra, who was starved to death at home in Handsworth by her mother and stepfather after social services and education officials took no action.

The Serious Case Review is with education watchdog Ofsted, which could take up to six months to decide whether to approve the report or to ask the safeguarding board to make changes.

The prospect of such a lengthy delay – Khyra died in May 2008 – was described as “unacceptable” by Birmingham children’s cabinet member Les Lawrence.

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