Coventry & Warwickshire

Daniel Pelka case: Coventry child protection centre delayed

Daniel Pelka
Image caption Daniel Pelka died in March 2012 after being starved and abused by his mother and her boyfriend

A resource centre for police and social services to work together on child protection cases in Coventry will not be completed on schedule.

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was a key recommendation in the serious case review into the death of four-year-old Daniel Pelka.

Coventry City Council admitted it should have been in place by May but said it had been put back until autumn.

It said the "sheer scale" of setting up the centre had proved difficult.

Children's services 'inadequate'

More than 100 people from agencies including the police, probation, social services and the NHS, would work in the same office and share information, the council said.

George Duggins, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "The problem has been mainly the logistics of bringing people together,

"We are doing it as speedily as we can; we need to ensure children's safeguarding is more robust than it previously was."

Children's services in Coventry were branded "inadequate" by Ofsted in March.

The council was criticised for a lack of robust management and not seeing vulnerable children fast enough.

The authority said it had pledged an extra £5.6m to the children's budget, to fund 12 extra social workers and 16 agency staff.

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