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Bradford's children ’ s social care services are instead set to be lifted into a Trust.

The council's social services were in contact with the family of 16-month-old Star before she was murdered by her mother's girlfriend.

The not-for-profit trust will be owned by Bradford Council but operate at arms-length under the control of a new independent Chair and Board of Directors.

The trust will "drive rapid improvements" after recommendations made to Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi by Steve Walker, the children's services commissioner in the West Yorkshire city.

mr zahawi said : "keeping vulnerable children safe from harm is non-negotiable.

where a council is not meeting its duty to do this, we will take action to protect children and put their needs first.

"It's clear from the recommendations made by the commissioner in Bradford that the council needs support to improve and so I'm pleased that Bradford Council have agreed to establish a new trust that will bring positive change for the council and independent oversight that drives improvements.

"This is an important moment for children and families in Bradford, and for social workers and other professionals who want to create meaningful and effective relationships with them.

The move comes after the department was rated inadequate by Ofsted in 2018 and in the wake of the Star Hobson case.

Bouncer and security guard Savannah Brockhill, 28, was jailed for life at Bradford Crown Court in December for murdering Star at her home in Keighley, West Yorkshire in September 2020.

The toddler had suffered "utterly catastrophic" injuries, the trial heard.

Brockhill was ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison and Star's mother, Frankie Smith, 20, was given an eight-year sentence for allowing her daughter's death.

five different family members and friends raising concerns about star's home life with the authority in the eight months before she was killed by the 28-year-old security guard..

Publication of an investigation into authorities' contact with the toddler was put back as Bradford Partnership said a Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review, which was due to be published at the end of January, needed further work, including making sure her family's views are fully reflected.

Following the death of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes from Solihull, a national review was launched, and the local review into Star's case will feed into this.

The announcement that the authority would have its powers removed came just hours after a potentially explosive report into the contact the authority had with Star's family before her death was indefinitely put back.

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