Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry MPs call for debate after death of Daniel Pelka

Daniel Pelka
Image caption A serious case review found child protection agencies could have prevented Daniel's murder

Two Coventry MPs are calling for a national debate on child protection in the wake of the Daniel Pelka tragedy.

Coventry South MP Jim Cunningham, supported by Coventry North West MP Geoffrey Robinson, has tabled a Commons Early Day Motion (EDM).

A serious case review found child protection agencies in Coventry had missed opportunities to prevent the murder of four-year-old Daniel.

He was starved, tortured and beaten to death by his mother and her partner.

The EDM also mentions high-profile cases of other child deaths from child abuse and neglect, including Victoria Climbie, Peter Connelly (Baby P), Keanu Williams and Hamzah Khan.

Mr Cunningham said: "We need a national debate into ways to improve the practices in our agencies that work to protect children and we urgently need to look into ways of improving information-sharing between agencies.

"We can debate individual cases in Parliament but we need to discuss, as a whole society, how to properly protect our children."

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