The murder of toddler Star Hobson highlights “the problems of over reliance on agency social workers” in some local authorities, chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel Annie Hudson has told MPs. Star was murdered by her mother’s partner Savannah Brockhill, in Bradford, in September 2020. Her mother was convicted of causing or allowing her death. Giving evidence to the Commons education select committee, Hudson highlighted that Star’s family was visited by an agency social worker, employed by Bradford Council, in the months before her death, who left the council with a weeks’ notice before completing an assessment. Read more.