A paedophile who repeatedly raped a toddler at the nursery where he worked was able to stay undiscovered by exploiting weaknesses in the system. That is the finding of a serious case review set up after he was jailed for life.
The review found gaping holes in the exchange of information between the nursery and agencies whose job it is to oversee child welfare.
The director of a child protection charity has said better training is needed in nurseries for workers to spot the signs of child abuse.
Donald Findlater, Director of Research and Development at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, says this will reduce the likelihood of abuse occurring.
His advice follows a review into the rape of a toddler by a paedophile nursery worker at Little Stars Nursery in Nechells. The report criticised council staff for not properly investigating concerns about Paul Wilson's behaviour.
Mandatory reporting is long overdue in this country. Parents will probably be shocked to learn that that such legislation does not already exist. Staff who suspect abuse may report it, but face no sanction for failing to report.....As a result of non existence of law, staff who do report are whistleblowers and have no statutory protection when speaking out in the most challenging of circumstances.
– Pete Saunders, Chief Executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, (NAPAC)
Staff at a Birmingham nursery where a toddler was raped raised concerns about paedophile Paul Wilson's "special relationship" with the child.
A review into the case by the city's Safeguarding Children Board also found that students on a local childcare course complained about a male member of staff "taking children into the adult toilet on his own and sitting them on his lap".