Daniel Pelka

Aug 1, 2013 by

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Well here we are again. Another little boy murdered sadistically by people who are a disgrace to parenthood. It’s left me thinking that, after doing several radio interviews about it, I wonder just how much change there will be from all sides outside the Coventry area where Daniel lived. 

The Department for Education has cut down to a quarter the guidelines for teachers and education staff in dealing with child protection cases. It’s good to get rid of red tape and unnecessary bureaucracy but for goodness sake don’t throw everything out.

Couple this with the very small amount of training that schools get on child protection (two or three hours every two or three years) and you’ve got yourself a potential time bomb. 

It’s very important that face-to-face training occurs from people who know what they are talking about. Signs and symptoms to recognise – basic behavioural changes to alert you – having the confidence to follow your instincts and share concerns quickly – do away with old suspicions and lack of trust in other agencies.

At the end of the day the only thing that matters is the child and if some peoples feelings have to be trampled on to save a child being harmed then to my mind its no contest!

However building up good relationships when there are no crisis is just good sense and police, education, health and social services who are the four pillars of child protection have got to find better ways of living together (obviously this included working together as well). Possibly joint teams of multi-disciplinary make up which have been tried elsewhere before, could well be the future as long as they are well resourced and supported by the public. 

Communities cant help but realise now just how insidious child abuse is and that its not going to be going away in the near future. We are never going to prevent future cases, just like we are never going to prevent murders in the future either but we can control things better and be more aware of early symptoms and signs. 

There is always going to be bad people in the world who will hurt children, we’ve just got to get better at stopping them. 

 

 

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  2. Tony Domaille

    Here we are again is right. Worse still, whilst the Serious Case Review will tell us more, it is already clear that we have yet another case of concerns not being acted upon, parents’ words being accepted at face value and professionals electing to do things that don’t comply with their professional guidance.

    Research by the Home Office on the work of five multi-agency safeguarding hubs (Mash) indicates that these multi-agency child protection arrangements lead to improved information sharing, less duplication of case work amongst agencies, the earlier detection of child abuse and neglect, and more effective decision making by professionals. So surely we have long since reached the point whereby the main agencies simply cannot be trusted to get things right operating in their disparate bubbles, nodding occasionally in the direction of multi-agency co-operation.

    The phrase, ‘how many more?’ is becoming tired. We know the answer – children will die in this way, one after another until the end of time, unless there is a root and branch change in the way the protective agencies work together. Rest in peace, Daniel; I wish I believed your death will change things.

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  3. Tony Domaille

    Danlel Pelka was beaten and starved to death. He was just four years old, but not hidden away from the world. He went to school, saw his GP, the police were called to his home and social services knew of concerns for his welfare, yet it seems it was beyond all these agencies to collectively recognise the horror of his life and save him.

    And we have been here before, time and again. Victoria Climbe, Peter Connelly, Kyra Ishak… about a hundred each and every year lose their lives and the chorus is always, never let this happen again. Yet it does happen, time and again and when the reviews into cases are published they always say the same things. Parents words have been accepted at face value, professionals have failed to recognise the signs, agencies have failed to talk to each other and individuals have failed to do the very things they are trained and paid to do.

    Surely we have long since passed the time when the agencies responsible for protecting children can no longer be trusted to continue in their individual target driven, insular bubbles, occasionally nodding in the direction of ‘working together.’ Research by the Home Office on the work of five multi-agency safeguarding hubs (Mash) indicates that these multi-agency child protection arrangements lead to improved information sharing, less duplication of case work amongst agencies, the earlier detection of child abuse and neglect, and more effective decision making by professionals. If that is so, why aren’t we opening hubs right across the land?

    Imagine a concern is raised about a child. Imagine that concern reaches a place where each of the protective agencies are represented in the same room, are able to access all the available history and information and the whole available picture is in front of them all. Would that not open opportunities for the right interventions?

    There will always be evil individuals like Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek, but their ability to hoodwink, deflect and lie so effectively must surely be impaired if we truly can work together to safeguard children. We can publish guidance until hell freezes over, but guidance never saved a soul – common sense and a common will often has.

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