NSPCC commends neighbours of Alfie Steele for reporting concerns - The Droitwich Standard

NSPCC commends neighbours of Alfie Steele for reporting concerns

Droitwich Editorial 30th Jan, 2024   0

A LEADING chiildren’s charity has commended the neighbours of Droitwich boy Alfie Steele for reporting concerns despite receiving threats from Alfie’s killer, Dirk Howell.

NSPCC have spoken out about the nine-year-old’s death following a review from Worcestershire Children’s Safeguarding Partnership – into how services handled their interactions with Alfie’s family.

The report catalogued a series of missed opportunities to properly safeguard the boy, after West Mercia Police were contacted 28 times and Worcestershire County Council, 36 times, regarding Alfie’s welfare.

Alfie was brutally abused and punished at his home in Droitwich, suffering beatings at the hands of his mother, Carla Scott and her partner, Dirk Howell, before his death in February 2021.

A spokesperson for NSPCC referred to the case as another devastating, deliberate death of a child which reminds those responsible to ‘not be over reliant on children telling us what is happening’.

They said: “There is the need for professionals to robustly challenge and proactively follow through enquiries, such as medical examinations, when there are inconsistencies and concerns about a child’s demeanour and physical abuse.

“It’s also an important opportunity to reflect on the learnings and help professionals to do everything possible to put the safety of the child at the heart of all plans.

“Cases like this are complex and we must not forget that much of the abuse was kept hidden from professionals, with Alfie’s mother and her partner going to great lengths to conceal their abuse, including coaching Alfie himself not to speak out.

“At the NSPCC we have our Helpline, and want any adult concerned about a child being at risk to contact us for support and advice.”

Visit https://droitwichstandard.co.uk/news/independent-review-shows-warnings-signs-were-missed-in-alfie-steele-case-48109/ to read our coverage of the Alfie Steele report.

You can contact the NSPCC Helpline by calling 0808 800 5000, emailing [email protected] or completing a report abuse form online.


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