Council that failed to protect tragic Logan Mwangi was warned a year before his murder that it was letting down children at risk

  • Logan Mwangi’s council had been warned it was letting down children at risk 
  • Bridgend County Borough Council was told kids were off safety lists ‘too soon’
  • The council’s head of social services, Claire Marchant, has refused to comment  

The social services department that failed to protect Logan Mwangi was warned it was letting down children at risk a year before his murder, it emerged last night.

Inspectors told Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) in August 2020 that children were coming off the child protection register ‘too soon’.

Officials from the Care Inspectorate Wales watchdog also warned it could ‘not be confident’ that children at risk of neglect or abuse ‘were visited frequently enough’.

Eighteen months earlier council bosses admitted they also faced compensation claims from ‘a number of families’ suing for failing to take children into care earlier.

The social services department that failed to protect Logan Mwangi was warned it was letting down children at risk a year before his murder, it emerged last night

The council’s head of social services, Claire Marchant, has refused to comment. She joined BCBC in October 2020 – her third job at a different council in five years. She did not respond yesterday

The council’s head of social services, Claire Marchant, has refused to comment. She joined BCBC in October 2020 – her third job at a different council in five years. She did not respond yesterday

Logan spent seven months on Bridgend’s child protection register, but was removed and downgraded to a ‘child in need’ weeks before his death at five last July. 

On Thursday, his mother, Angharad Williamson, 31, stepfather John Cole, 40, and a 14-year-old boy who cannot be named were convicted of his murder and trying to hide his death.

The downgrading meant social workers saw Logan less, despite warnings from the 14-year-old’s foster parents that he threatened to kill Logan, which officials denied.

Logan was found by officers on the riverbank on July 31 and taken to the town’s Princess of Wales Hospital, where he was confirmed dead. Pictured: Police at the scene

Logan was found by officers on the riverbank on July 31 and taken to the town’s Princess of Wales Hospital, where he was confirmed dead. Pictured: Police at the scene

The view of the River Ogmore in Sarn, Bridgend, Wales, in the vicinity where the body of five-year-old Logan Mwangi, also known as Logan Williamson, was discovered on July 31 2021

The view of the River Ogmore in Sarn, Bridgend, Wales, in the vicinity where the body of five-year-old Logan Mwangi, also known as Logan Williamson, was discovered on July 31 2021

South Wales police constable Lauren Keen found Logan lying dead in the River Ogmore within Pandy Park in Sarn, Bridgend just after 6am on July 31. Pictured: Police and forensic officers at the scene of the alleged murder last year

South Wales police constable Lauren Keen found Logan lying dead in the River Ogmore within Pandy Park in Sarn, Bridgend just after 6am on July 31. Pictured: Police and forensic officers at the scene of the alleged murder last year 

Logan Mwangi was discovered in the river with 56 external injuries including a broken collarbone

Logan Mwangi was discovered in the river with 56 external injuries including a broken collarbone

A court heard the youngster suffered damage to his brain that could have been caused up to 38 hours before his death

A court heard the youngster suffered damage to his brain that could have been caused up to 38 hours before his death 

There were 13 serious case reviews into child neglect at BCBC from 2009 to 2013. Now Logan’s death has prompted a new inquiry – a child practice review – led by Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board, which includes experts from the council, police, probation service and NHS.

The council’s head of social services, Claire Marchant, has refused to comment. She joined BCBC in October 2020 – her third job at a different council in five years. She did not respond yesterday.

The investigation is expected to examine missed opportunities to intervene in Logan’s care, including instances when Williamson lied to social workers about injuries Logan suffered. 

It will also focus on the lack of communication between his social worker, Gaynor Rush, and her colleague Debbie Williams, responsible for the teenager convicted of his murder. 

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