Pelka serious case review

A fresh review will be published looking into the exact reasons behind a series of failings leading to the death of schoolboy Daniel Pelka. The four-year-old was abused and starved to death by his mother and her partner.

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Coventry council 'did not do enough to protect Daniel'

Coventry City Council chief executive Martin Reeves said:

Daniel was murdered by the two people who should have loved and protected him most, but all organisations in Coventry involved in Daniel's short life now have to face up to their responsibilities and the part they played in the missed opportunities that could have protected Daniel.

We are sorry we did not do enough to protect Daniel.

The report makes clear that the sharing of information and communications between all agencies was not robust enough and no-one fitted together the jigsaw of what was really happening to Daniel.

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Pelka abuse 'a rare event' making it difficult to spot

The campaign of abuse against four-year-old Daniel Pelka was "very different" to a usual pattern of domestic violence, the author of a report into his death has said.

Ron Lock told Daybreak: "Most abuse that I come across is the result of parental stress and inadequacy. This was pre-meditated abuse, which is very rare".

Child protection services "have changed" and the number of referrals have increased, Mr Lock added.

Read more: 'Missed chances' to help boy

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Police accept Daniel Pelka was not 'given a voice'

West Midlands Police says it has made improvements in the way it deals with domestic abuse cases after the death of schoolboy Daniel Pelka.

The four-year-old was beaten and starved in Coventry by his mother Magdalena Luczak and her partner Mariusz Krezolek.

Earlier this year, the pair were sentenced to life with a minimum term of 30 years.

Following a Serious Case Review which has been published today, police chiefs have admitted that more could have been done.

"We accept that Daniel was not “given a voice" and that as a collective group all agencies should always have direct and independent engagement with a child when domestic abuse is reported. Domestic abuse is always a child protection issue.

"Since Daniel ’s death, officers have been given further guidance on being more child-focussed when called to incidents of domestic abuse.

"It is our responsibility to ensure that the children are safe and well both physically and emotionally and not accept the word of a parent if they claim a child is not affected by domestic abuse."

– Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, West Midlands Police

Review into death of Daniel Pelka published today

The findings of the Serious Case Review of the Daniel Pelka case have been published.

The 4-year-old was abused and starved to death by his mother Magdalena Luczak and her partner Mariusz Krezolek.

The purpose of the review was to find out why teachers, doctors and social services didn't prevent his death. It also reveals that police were called to Daniel's home 27 times because of domestic violence in the time before his death.

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Daniel Pelka who was starved and beaten by his mother and her partner Credit: West Midlands Police
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