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Ofsted: Coventry children's services 'inadequate'

Vulnerable children are left at risk of harm in Coventry according to a critical report into the city's children's services department by inspectors, two years after the death of schoolboy Daniel Pelka.

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Council under scrutiny since death of Daniel Pelka

The death of four-year-old Daniel Pelka placed Coventry Council under scrutiny after it was found key opportunities to protect him were missed.

The four-year-old died in March 2012. Credit: West Midlands Police

The schoolboy died in March 2012 after enduring a campaign of cruelty at the hands of his mother and her partner who starved and abused him.

The four-year-old was denied food, "imprisoned" in a locked room and force-fed salt.

Daniel's mother Magdelena Luczak and her partner Mariusz Krezolek were jailed for at least 30 years after being found guilty of Daniel's murder last August.

A serious case review published in September concluded that Daniel was "invisible" in the eyes of health professionals, school staff and social workers.

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