School would have 'acted differently' if aware of abuse

Gill Mulhall, the current headteacher of the school Daniel Pelka attended, said if his teachers had been aware of his suffering then they would have "acted very differently".

Ms Mulhall said: "What was proven in the criminal trial is that his mother was a convincing manipulator who fooled many professional bodies over a long period of time by producing a convincing act as a caring parent.

"If we had been aware of the bigger picture of Daniel's life, or had any doubts about his mother, then we would of course have acted very differently.

"What we want to see now are changes where schools are aware of concerns from other agencies which affect our pupils to try and ensure that nothing can ever happen again."

Advertisement

'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.