Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Pelka case boss quits new role

Daniel Pelka died after a systematic campaign of emotional and physical abuse by his mother and stepfather

A children's services boss who came under fire for failings by his former council over murdered schoolboy Daniel Pelka has stepped down from his new child protection post.

Tower Hamlets Council said Colin Green had decided to withdraw from the post of chairman of the Local Safeguarding Children Board "with immediate effect".

Mr Green took up the post at the London borough council after retiring from his role as director of children's services at Coventry City Council at the end of last month following revelations about failings by his department over the boy's death.

A serious case review into the death of the four-year-old found key opportunities were missed to intervene in his case by the city's children's services team, together with health professionals, school staff, police and other child protection agencies.

Geoffrey Robinson, Labour MP for the area of Coventry where Daniel and his family lived, had condemned Mr Green's move to the Tower Hamlets position, claiming it was "an affront to public opinion".

Mr Robinson said: "Like myself, I am sure the whole of Coventry will be stunned to learn that Colin Green, former director of children's services at Coventry City Council, has gone off to become chair of the safeguarding children board at Tower Hamlets.

"This is a clear example of senior civil servants operating their own network for the benefit of themselves, at the expense of front-line staff who have faced the real challenges on a daily basis.

"The appointment is an affront to public opinion and confirms that I was right to call for a wholly independent inquiry. These boards are not truly independent."

A spokesman for Tower Hamlets Council said: "The new chair of Tower Hamlets Local Safeguarding Children Board, Colin Green, has decided to withdraw from the post with immediate effect." The London borough council said Mr Green had been appointed by a multi-agency panel in June with all such decisions "based on the merits of each applicant".

Daniel died of a head injury in March 2012, after a systematic campaign of emotional and physical abuse by his mother Magdelena Luczak and brutal former soldier and stepfather Mariusz Krezolek, both originally from Poland. Luczak and Krezolek were jailed for a minimum of 30 years each after being found guilty of the defenceless youngster's murder in a trial at Birmingham Crown Court earlier this year.

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