Let us know if you agree to cookies

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. Please let us know if you agree to all cookies.

Skip to main navigation

Skip to main content

A letter from the chief social workers

A letter to social workers from Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo in the wake of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' murder.

A letter from the chief social workers

12/7/2021 12:00:00 PM

Dear all,

We wanted to write to all social workers across England following the events of the last few days. We know you too, will be deeply saddened by the death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and appreciate how this will have affected you. We also wanted to recognise the strength of feeling and collective shock from the public about the cruel treatment to which Arthur was subjected, and acknowledge that this creates a difficult context for your practice, as social workers.

You may have seen that earlier today (06/12/2021) the Rt Hon Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi gave an Oral Statement to the House of Commons where he emphasised the Government’s support for all safeguarding professionals. As part of that statement, he said: “Those already serving our country’s most vulnerable children deserve our thanks – and I want to be extremely clear that no safeguarding professional should be the victim of any abuse. The targeting of individuals is wrong, deplorable and helps nobody”.

We want to reiterate this message. The part you play in supporting and protecting the country’s most vulnerable children, adults and families makes a positive difference each and every single day. We condemn those targeting abuse towards individual social workers and the social work profession.

We are pleased that Annie Hudson, the chair of the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, will work with leaders in Solihull to deliver a single, national, independent review of Arthur’s death. We know Annie well, and trust that she will lead a thorough and fair review of multi-agency practice which, will encompass local government, as well as those working in the police, health and education sectors.

With warm regards,

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults (England)

Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families (England)

Back to top