Child abuse comparable to the Daniel Pelka case could happen again, Coventry City Council has claimed.
Daniel, who lived in the city, was just four when he was starved and beaten to death by his mother and stepfather in 2012. They were jailed for life last summer.
A subsequent serious case review found that the boy had been effectively “invisible” to authorities, and that professionals had been “too optimistic” about the family’s situation.
Now Brian Walsh, the council’s director of community services, has warned colleagues:
“I could never give assurances this could never happen again. Social care is not a science. All we can do is be clear about our requirements and ensure professionals are properly supported.”
The warning came in an council meeting held to review progress made since the serious case review, the BBC reports.
He said the council was facing “the massive challenges we have as a council” balancing budgetary pressures with the protection of children. There had been an “exponential increase” in the number of children referred to social services in the city since the Daniel Pelka case, he added.