Yesterday a child practice review report revealed what has been described as a ‘damning series of failings’ by external agencies in the care of murdered schoolboy Logan Mwangi, as reported in Wales Online.
The following statement has been issued on behalf of Chief Executive Mark Shephard, Council Leader Huw David, Deputy Leader Jane Gebbie and Corporate Director of Social Services And Wellbeing Claire Marchant following the report, in which the council have committed to implement the review’s recommendations in full :
“The murder of five year old Logan Mwangi remains a distressing and terrible tragedy – first and foremost for those who knew and loved him best, but also for his school friends and teachers, the people of Sarn, and the wider community of Bridgend County Borough .
The fact that we were unable to protect Logan will always remain a source of great sadness, and we are deeply sorry that our safeguarding and child protection endeavors did not prevent his death.
The review has identified that there were opportunities to share information and better analysis and act on the risks to Logan. Mr Mwangi, Logan’s dad, was not told his son was on the child protection register. As a council, we apologize unreservedly to Mr Mwangi that this was the case.
At Bridgend County Borough Council, Logan’s death continues to affect us all deeply. For those of us who have dedicated our lives and careers towards the safeguarding and protection of children, Logan’s death was the exact opposite of everything that we and our partners strive to prevent.
The impact of his passing will remain with us always. It will be a driving force – a determination – to strive to improve our practice for the benefit of vulnerable children and adults alike.
In this, we fully accept and are grateful for the work of the Independent Child Practice Review panel. While their report makes for tough reading, it highlights opportunities where practice can be developed, strengthened and enhanced.
We are already taking action to deliver this, overseen by an Improvement Board. We are working to improve our practice, and how practice is both overseen and quality assured. This will remain our highest priority as a council.
However, we cannot do this alone. Working alongside our partners, we will improve the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements.
We will improve the ways in which we work with children and families, and the ways in which agencies work together to share and act on information to safeguard and protect.
We are similarly determined to work with our local communities and partners to regain their trust and confidence, and to ensure that people know how to report any safeguarding concerns that they may have.
Throughout all of this, our thoughts remain with Logan, and all who knew, loved or cared for him.
Those convicted of his murder were brought to justice and faced the consequences of their crimes. Evidence revealed their efforts to misdirect the authorities, and to misinform the services that were trying to help and support them.
We owe it to Logan and his loved ones now to commit towards implementing the review’s findings in full, and to provide the most effective safeguarding and child protection arrangements possible, for all of the people that we serve.”