Jai’s death ‘could not have been prevented’

Jai Joshi who died in a fire

Jai Joshi who died in a fire

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The death of a youngster in a flat fire started by his mother could not have been prevented, a report has concluded.

Jai Joshi, four, from Hutton, died in the blaze in Merseyside in May last year. An inquest heard his mother Janma Joshi had deliberately set the blaze, after losing custody of him to his father Paresh Patel.

A serious case review published on Thursday concluded that his death could not have been predicted or prevented.

The review was conducted by the NSPCC on behalf of Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board.

Jane Booth, independent chairman of Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board, and Howard Cooper, independent chairman of Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board, said: “This child’s death was a tragedy and our sympathies go out to everyone involved.

“The Serious Case Review, carried out by the NSPCC, has looked into the complex circumstances around his life and death and found that it would not have been possible to predict that he would be harmed in this way.

“The review enabled professionals to look at their actions to see if there was anything that could be done in future to further improve working between agencies and safeguarding for children. The findings and issues for consideration from the review have been endorsed by both Lancashire and Liverpool Safeguarding Children Boards.

“The agencies involved have already begun to make changes based on the review’s findings. Both boards will continue to make sure that all agencies have put in place effective responses which ensure that learning from this tragic event improves the way professionals keep children safe in future.”