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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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Headteacher asked himself 'if could have done more'

Daniel Clews, who was headteacher of Little Heath Primary at the time Daniel Pelka attended, said he has asked himself "many times if I could have done more."

Mr Clews said the school's concerns about Daniel "were based on the limited information available to us and were passed on to the relevant agencies that we thought were best placed to help".

Daniel Pelka was starved and beaten to death by his mother and her partner. Credit: Police Handout

He continued: "I believe that my staff and I followed all the procedures we felt were appropriate to take given what we knew during the six months that Daniel was with us.

“During that time, his teachers and I did raise concerns with his mother and believed we were working together to get to the bottom of these issues.

"Had we doubted for an instant that his mother was not the concerned parent she professed to be, we would, of course, have acted very differently."

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