Will Forster

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Lessons need to be learned from Parsons Green bombing

by willforster on 20 June, 2018

On 18th June, the Home Office issued a letter to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, regarding Ahmed Hassan’s interaction with the Police and Home Office, prior to the Parsons Green bombing incident in September 2017.

For a number of months, the Lib Dems and I have been pressing for a report on the lessons to be learnt from the review of this incident to be put in the public domain, and it is something I have written about before. So I am pleased that this letter has been published and that the lessons to be learned are now available for all to see and to be acted upon.

The fact that there was no formal documented plan to manage Ahmed Hassan’s risks and vulnerabilities was a fundamental gap, and the lack of such a plan meant that he did not get the support that he needed and appropriate action was not taken.  Various warning signs were not acted upon in terms of his behaviour and his periods missing from home, with the delay in processing his asylum application clearly causing him concern.

It is clear that sharing of information, training and processes need to be improved for the future.  In particular, the County Council has committed to carry out training for social workers to identify signs of radicalisation, which is a necessary step forward – everything possible must be done to ensure that a similar incident does not happen in the future.

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