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Admin support and training gaps led to failures in Daniel Pelka case, finds review

Coventry child death report reveals how lack of administrative support and training hampered social work assessments

A lack of admin support, effective management and training led to four social care assessments failing to spot the risks faced by murdered schoolboy Daniel Pelka.

The problems were identified by a ‘deeper analysis’ of the events leading up to the four-year-old’s death that was published today by Coventry Safeguarding Children Board.

The independent report’s publication follows pressure from children’s minister Edward Timpson who demanded more detail about what went wrong than was provided in theserious case review.

The new analysis found that the social worker who did the first initial assessment of Pelka’s situation lacked access to information about domestic violence within Pelka’s family because of delays in adding it to social work records.

These delays were blamed on the volume of information about domestic violence and a lack of administrative support in children’s social care.

A lack of training was also uncovered.

For the full article and related stories, please see the Community Care website.

[Text copyright Community Care 2014]