Have we learned the lessons from Steven Hoskin's murder?

Safeguarding adults in practice

What is the video about?

Steven Hoskin was tortured and murdered by people who targeted him because of his learning disabilities. The serious case review into Steven’s murder found there had been serious failings by the agencies that should have been protecting him, but they had subsequently made significant improvements. But over 10 years after the case, have we really learned the lessons from Steven Hoskin’s murder? In this film we hear from Professor Michael Preston-Shoot and Hugh Constant who indicate that although we have moved forward, many of the problems from that time still persist. We must be doing better to protect vulnerable people like Steven.

They say for real progress, we should be addressing key themes for development:

Getting it right at strategic level, is absolutely key to ensuring every other level, in each partner agency, is able to contribute to good-quality multi-agency working.

Key messages for practice

At a case level

At a frontline level

At an operational level

At a strategic level

Who will find this useful?

Directors of adult social services, social work managers, social workers, police, ambulance service, accident and emergency departments.