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Child safeguarding hub to be created in Royal Borough following baby murder

Child safeguarding hub to be created in Royal Borough following baby murder

Philip Dewey

Child safeguarding hub to be created in Royal Borough following baby murder
Callum Wilson was murdered by his mother Emma Wilson in 2011

The formation of a Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is taking place in the Royal Borough following a serious case review into the death of a baby.

Plans for the group, which will be made up of professionals from the Royal Borough, Thames Valley Police and Windsor, Ascot, and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group, were outlined last night at a children's services overview and scrutiny panel meeting.

A serious case review into the death of Callum Wilson, published in March, found that 'missed opportunities' by health professionals could have prevented his death.

The 11-month-old was murdered in 2011 at his home in Paddock Close, Windsor, by his mother Emma Wilson who was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 14 years.

Speaking at the meeting, Royal Borough director of children's services Alison Alexander said: "The serious case review talked about communication and the need to more effectively identify children who need protection.

"If we are able to have a live conversation through a hub about these cases it enables us to agree on the next step and how we can streamline the process."

The MASH will be called in to decide on child safeguarding cases where individual agencies are unsure on how to proceed, which can be dealt with immediately or within a couple of days.

The aim of the group is to share information and intelligence in order to come to a decision on how to proceed with a case.

Cllr Phill Bicknell (Con, Park), cabinet member for children services, said: "When things go wrong it ends ups with a serious case review and a dead child.

"If we can stop one child from dying then it's got to be worth it, it's a no brainer and it's got to happen."

Alison Alexander said she hoped the MASH would be live within the next couple of weeks.

The meeting took place at Maidenhead Town Hall.

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