Welsh Lib Dems renews call for children’s services inquiry after Logan Mwangi verdict

Logan Mwangi’s murderers received a combined sentence of 72 years today.

Thursday 30th June 2022 7:00 pm
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The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats has renewed her call for an independent inquiry into Wales’ Children’s Services.

It follows today’s verdict handed down in the Logan Mwangi case which saw the five-year-old’s killers receive life sentences.

Logan was found dead, with dozens of injuries and dumped in a river, in the Sarn area of South Wales in August last year.

His mother Angharad Williamson has been sentenced to 28 years, his stepfather John Cole has been sentenced to 29 years and a youth - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - has been sentenced to 15 years.

They were sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court today after they were found guilty of his murder in April.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have reiterated their calls for an independent inquiry into Children’s services in Wales to try and prevent any more tragedies.

Commenting Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS, who worked for over 25 years as a child protection social worker said: “This case is utterly tragic and we must ensure lessons are learned so that it never happens again.

“The Welsh Liberal Democrats are very clear, following a number of alarming incidents, the Welsh Government should announce a review of child protection across Wales.

“Social workers, their managers, family support workers and colleagues in the health and education systems are working hard to protect children. But, more is needed to help social workers to do their job and a Chief Social Worker for Children is needed - as they have in England.

“Both Scotland and England are carrying out independent inquiries into the state of children’s social services in their jurisdiction. There is no reason for Wales not to do the same.”

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