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

Advertisement

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.