The rather tragic case of Khyra Ishaq has occurred (and her siblings). Obviously we should not jump to any conclusions.
However, for a child of 7 - which is school age - to starve to death raises a large number of questions. After all it does not happen quickly.
In a sense it is a test of the new post Laming framework. We now have a vastly larger number of references to Childrens Services (Specialised Services in Birmingham). I have been concerned for some time at the overwhelming effect this has on the system.
I have always felt that the system should concentrate on the more serious cases. Superficially this appears to be one of those. However, although serious questions need to be answered now is not the time to speculate.
I must admit I have supported the calls from practitioners for the retention of the Child Protection Register in preference to the Common Assessment Framework - that puts all sorts of irrelevant information into a database.
However, questions will need to be answered.