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Daniel Pelka death: law change rejected

BY JONATHAN BROWN

Demands for a new law compelling professionals to report concerns over suspected child abuse in the wake of the death of Daniel Pelka have been rejected.

More than 50,000 people have signed a petition calling for urgent legislation it is claimed could prevent a repeat of the tragedy in which multiple opportunities that might have saved the four-year-old's life were missed.

Similar laws already exist in Australia, the United States and Denmark which impose a legal duty on teachers, social workers, police and doctors to report abuse or face the consequences.

But Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said yesterday that no new legislation was needed as it was already "crystal clear" that those suspecting violence or neglect should contact the social care authorities.

"There is no evidence to show that it is a better system for protecting children," he said.

Daniel's mother, Magdelena Luczak, and stepfather Mariusz Krezolek, a former soldier, were jailed for life earlier this year for his murder.

A serious case review by Coventry Safeguarding Children Board found that police received 26 reports of domestic violence while teachers failed to spot signs that Daniel was being beaten and starved.

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