Toddler rape review criticism

A review into the rape of a toddler by a paedophile nursery worker in Birmingham has criticised Ofsted and council staff for failing to properly investigate concerns about his behaviour.

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Council 'sorry' for failures over toddler rape

Birmingham City Council has apologised for failing to properly respond to concerns about a nursery worker who raped a toddler.

A spokesman for the authority said:

The council had a responsibility in terms of responding to reports of Paul Wilson's behaviour rather than preventing it.

Birmingham City Council fully acknowledges that a referral to us was not followed through, and that this meant that Paul Wilson was able to continue undetected for a longer period.

The council is very sorry that it failed to properly respond to the concerns about Paul Wilson. Improving our services to children remains our top priority.

At least six members of staff at the Little Stars nursery raised concerns about Wilson's behaviour before his arrest, but he continued to work there despite receiving a written warning.

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Failing to report abuse 'should be criminal offence'

An abuse charity is calling for legislation to make it a criminal offence to fail to report suspected or known abuse.

Pete Saunders of The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (Napac) said:

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.

– Pete Saunders, Napac

Ofsted and council criticised in toddler rape review

A review into the rape of a toddler by a paedophile nursery worker has criticised Ofsted and council staff for failing to properly investigate concerns about his behaviour.

The serious case review into the crimes of Paul Wilson also found that Birmingham City Council and Ofsted inspectors missed "obvious pointers" which should have raised the alarm.

Wilson, then aged 21, was jailed for life in 2011 after using a mobile phone to film two separate attacks on an infant at the Little Stars Nursery in Nechells, Birmingham.

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