Review into boy’s death

Justice call: Paresh Patel wants a serious case review into his son Jai's death
Justice call: Paresh Patel wants a serious case review into his son Jai's death
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The circumstances leading up to a schoolboy’s death in a deliberate fire will be considered by the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board’s serious case review panel on Monday, it has been revealed.

Jai Joshi, four, who lived in Hutton with his dad Paresh Patel, died on May 8 in a flat fire on Merseyside along with his mother Janma Joshi, 40.

Investigations are still ongoing but police are satisfied Ms Joshi deliberately set fire to the flat using accelerants.

Mr Patel, 43, who is a newsagent, has since revealed that he believes his ex-partner carried out the act following failed attempts to keep hold of Jai despite him having full custody of the child for two years.

She failed to return the Howick CE Primary School pupil to his dad at the end of the Easter holidays, despite Mr Patel’s pleas to the authorities.

The matter will now be looked at by the panel on June 2 and a decision will be made on whether to commission a Serious Case Review.

The Safeguarding Children Board carries out a Serious Case Review when abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and the child has died or the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

Mr Patel, said: “We want a Serious Case Review into Jai’s death as we believe there were blatant errors by social services, police and the courts.

“We can’t get Jai back, but we need to ensure that not only are lessons learned, but that changes are implemented and they actually do something to prevent this happening again to another child.

“We need to make sure we get justice for Jai and for his legacy to be that no other child loses their life in this way in the future.”

If a Serious Case Review is held, each agency that had involvement with the child and family would be asked to provide information about their work.

An overview report is then published, outlining the outcome of the review.