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Coventry children's services branded 'inadequate'

Daniel Pelka died in March 2012 after a sustained campaign of abuse at the hands of his mother and her partner. Credit: West Midlands Police

Children's services in Coventry have been labelled as "inadequate" in a highly critical report published by Ofsted two years after the death of four-year-old Daniel Pelka.

The schoolboy died in March 2012 after being subjected to a sustained campaign of abuse by his mother and her partner.

A 46 per cent increase in workloads over the last two years mean caseloads for workers are too high, the report said.

The report was based on a three-week inspection by Ofsted earlier this year.

Children's social care 'committed to learning lessons'

Coventry City Council has said in a statement that all those working in children's social care at the authority is "committed to any lessons" that could prevent another Daniel Pelka case from happening again.

The tragic case of Daniel Pelka has had a profound effect on everyone working within children’s social care and we are committed to learning any lessons that could help prevent a similar case ever happening again.

The Serious Case Review published last September and the subsequent Deeper Analysis document released today, is a snapshot of what services and systems were like when Daniel was murdered by his mother and step-father almost two years ago.

There have been significant changes in many areas since then that are now embedded into the way we work with children, their families and our partners that are helping to make a difference.

But there is still more to do and we are always looking to improve. We have a committed workforce who are carrying out excellent work across the city.

– Coventry City Council


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Report into why nobody helped Daniel Pelka released

A report examining the reasons for a series of failings which led to the death of Coventry youngster Daniel Pelka has said child protection workers were forced to juggle "too many competing priorities".

Four-year-old Daniel died in March 2012 after a campaign of abuse by his parents, who starved, tortured and eventually murdered him.

Daniel Pelka died after being starved and beaten by his mother and her partner Credit: West Midlands Police

A series of errors was identified where police, teachers and social care workers failed to spot what was going on - and the Deeper Analysis and Progress Report, by the Coventry Safeguarding Children Board, was requested by government minister Edward Timson last year.

He asked the board to investigate why information was not effectively recorded, why information was not shared, and why four separate assessments by social care workers failed to identify the risks to Daniel.

It claims that Daniel's case was "extreme and outside the experience of most professionals" and identifies a number of failings - including overworked child protection staff, poor leadership at Daniel's school, and poor communication between different agencies.

Pelka's headteacher was suspended last week

The former headteacher of Daniel Pelka's school was suspended from his new job last week, ITV News' Sejal Karia reports.

Timeline of events leading up to Pelka's death

Murdered toddler Daniel Pelka came in contact with a number of professionals who either noticed or treated him for injuries, or saw changes in his weight before his death in March 2012.

The Serious Case Review found there were a number of opportunities to protect Daniel that were missed.


Daniel Pelka's headteacher suspended

The former headteacher of the school toddler Daniel Pelka attended has been suspended from his new job.

Daniel Pelka, four, was beaten and starved to death. Credit: West Midlands Police

Darren Clews was the head of Little Heath Primary School when the four-year-old was tortured and murdered by his mother and step-father.

Mr Clews has since left Little Heath and has been suspended from his current school Grangehurst Primary and disciplinary proceedings are underway.

His mother Magdelena Luczak and her partner Mariusz Krezolek were both jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

Pelka official withdraws from new child protection role

Four-year-old Daniel Pelka was beaten and starved to death by his mother and step-father. Credit: West Midlands Police/PA Wire

A children's services boss who was criticised for failings by his former council over murdered schoolboy Daniel Pelka has stepped down from his new child protection post.

Tower Hamlets Council said Colin Green had withdrawn as chairman of the Local Safeguarding Children Board "with immediate effect".

He had taken the role after retiring as Coventry City Council's director of children's services last month following revelations about failings by his department over the boy's death.

New job for Pelka official an 'affront to public opinion'

The former director of children's services at Coventry City Council, who missed opportunities to intervene in the Daniel Pelka case, has been appointed to a new child protection role - in a move that has been heavily criticised.

Daniel Pelka, four, was beaten and starved to death. Credit: West Midlands Police/PA Wire

Colin Green retired from the council at the end of last month but is now set to become the independent chairman of Tower Hamlets Safeguarding Children Board in London.

A serious case review into the death of Pelka, four, who was beaten to death by his mother and stepfather, found that opportunities were missed by the city's children's services team.

The review also claimed health professionals, school staff, police and other child protection agencies misses signs for an intervention.

Geoffrey Robinson, Labour MP for the area of Coventry where Daniel and his family lived, said he was "stunned" at the news of Mr Green's appointment, which he claimed was "an affront to public opinion".

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