THE UK children's charity says it is "vital" lessons are learned from the Star Hobson tragedy to prevent future cases of child abuse and neglect.

The NSPCC also pointed out that the child protection system "desperately needs investment" and called for a more joined up approach between national and local officials.

The charity was given its views after Savannah Brockhill, 28, was jailed for life at Bradford Crown Court alongside Star’s mother, Frankie Smith, 20, who was handed an eight-year sentence for allowing her daughter’s death.

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “The sentencing marks the end of the trial but the memory of Star Hobson must not fade, and we must all redouble our efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect from happening.

“It is vital at all levels we learn the lessons that come out of the reviews into the death of Star and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. At the same time the child protection system desperately needs investment alongside better collaboration at a national and local level.

“It is also crucial anyone with concerns for the wellbeing a child continues to come forward. Now more than ever people need to contact the local authorities, the police or the NSPCC helpline if they ever feel a child is at risk or could come to some harm.”