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Rape review raps Ofsted and council

A review into the rape of a toddler by a paedophile nursery worker has criticised Ofsted and council staff for failing to properly investigate concerns about his behaviour.

The serious case review into the crimes of Paul Wilson also found that Birmingham City Council and Ofsted inspectors missed "obvious pointers" which should have raised the alarm.

Wilson, then aged 21, was jailed for life in 2011 after using a mobile phone to film two separate attacks on an infant at the Little Stars Nursery in Nechells, Birmingham.

The review, carried out by Birmingham's Safeguarding Children Board, said a lack of rigour and depth in inspection processes had "supported" Wilson's offences.

Among other failings and weaknesses identified by the report was a lack of supervision, poor management within the nursery, and its layout.

Wilson, of Newbold Croft, Nechells, was ordered to serve at least 15 years for the "chilling, vile and depraved" offences committed at the nursery, and the online abuse of more than 20 young girls.

Commenting after the publication of the serious case review, the chair of the Safeguarding Children Board, Jane Held, said: "Responsibility for this awful abuse must, and does, lie with the perpetrator. He was clever, duplicitous and manipulative and took advantage of weaknesses in the system.

"Parents should be able to trust the people they leave their children with to ensure that children are properly protected. In this case there were unfortunately a number of weaknesses in the way that nursery was run and a number of opportunities to intervene earlier and prevent the continuation of abuse which were missed."

Ms Held added: "There are three key lessons arising from this review. One is that those in charge of settings caring for children must ensure there are strong, clear practices and systems to minimise the risk of abuse.

"The second is to listen to and ask about children's experiences rather than just speak to adults. The third, and potentially the most important, is that safeguarding children is a job for everyone, and every single person who looks after or cares for children needs to know how to recognise when something is not right and what to do about it, and have confidence they will get the right response when they do act."

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