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'Missed chances' to help boy

A serious case review into the death of four-year-old Daniel Pelka found repeated failures by agencies set up to safeguard children's welfare but concluded nobody could have predicted his death at the hands of an abusive mother her partner.

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Pelka case review makes 15 recommendations

The Serious Case Review into Daniel Pelka's death has made 15 recommendations for changes to current practice and processes, joint working and training across agencies.

Those recommendations include:

  • Improvements in the identification and reporting of domestic abuse in families
  • Better reporting by schools of injuries to children and any welfare concerns
  • More rigour in social work assessments, recording and challenging parents

The report, published by Coventry Safeguarding Children Board, also highlights the need for more health visitors in Coventry and the importance of health professionals - such as paediatricians - considering child abuse when they assess the welfare of children.

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