'Daniel's Law' petition given to Downing Street

The signature were handed in to Downing Street.

More than 50,000 people have signed a petition calling for a new law forcing people who work with children to report suspected child abuse.

The petition was handed in to 10 Downing Street ahead of the publication of the serious case review into the murder of four-year-old Daniel Pelka by his mother and stepfather, tomorrow.

The signature were handed in to Downing Street.

Paula Barrow, a mother-of-two from Manchester, who launched the petition on the website after hearing about the Pelka case, said she wanted a new law removing "uncertainty" over how professionals should act.

She said: "What they say is that criminal prosecution would not be imposed in all but the most exceptional cases," she said."It is the preventative effect that is important here, and the certainty of the requirement (to report suspected abuse)."