FAILED SOCIAL WORKERS AXED; Sackings Follow Starvation Girl's Death

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SIX social workers at a city council criticised over the death from starvation of a seven-year-old girl have been sacked, it emerged today.

The staff were dismissed over the past year for not doing their jobs properly at Birmingham City Council, which is taking part in a serious case review into the death of Khyra Ishaq.

She died in May 2008 from starvation. Her mother and stepfather were both jailed last week for her manslaughter.

Colin Tucker, director of children's social care at the council, said the sacked staff showed "no sign whatsoever" of meeting expected standards.

In an interview with the BBC, he said: "We are not appointing some staff - as well as that we have dismissed six staff in the last year.

"There is a clear indication we are serious about our standards.

"They did not adhere to standards and expectations that we laid down.

"They showed no sign whatsoever that they were keen to do so, so we dismissed them."

The dismissals are not thought to be directly linked to Khyra's death. But they follow a number of other child deaths over recent years. …