[ View the story "UK calls for 'Daniel Pelka's law' after child's murder" on Storify] UK calls for 'Daniel Pelka's law' after child's murder Proposal would require adults who spot signs of violence or neglect to notify authorities.
The Stream· Mon, Sep 16 2013 10:21:48
Change the law to better protect vulnerable children like Daniel PelkaThis four-year-old child was starved and beaten over a period of months, before his death at the hands of his mother and step-father. The...
The Coventry Safeguarding Children's Board's review of the case is
this week. However, Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson has
for a separate, independent inquiry to take place.
The petitioners explain their reasoning for the proposed law:
Everyone needs to understand this critical hole in the law - there is currently no legal requirement of anyone working with children in the UK to report suspected or known abuse to either the appropriate local authority officer (the LADO) or to the police. Although child abuse is of course a crime, reporting it is – unbelievably - entirely discretionary.change.org
While the reasons for signing the petition are varied, many of the signers stressed the necessity of pro-activeness and accountability when confronted with child abuse.
No child should suffer as this young boy did. To make those, professionals accountable, who had regular contact with him is a massive step forward.change.org
Never again do I want to hear the various agencies and authorities saying "lessons have been learned" when clearly they have not. When I was a young woman I rescued my neighbour's two children from neglect by climbing the fence taking them into my home and caring for them. Social services and the police were aware and turned a blind eye which in my case was good as they let me get on with making sure these children were well fed, clean, well dressed, had a warm comfy bed and room to sleep in and were loved and cared for. Don't turn a blind eye. Be nosy. Get involved. It'll make all the difference to a vulnerable and helpless child.change.org
I live around the corner from daniel pelka and used to see him going to school every day always tagging along behind his disgrace of a mother, never did i think something like that was happening to him. After hearing reports of everything poor daniel was put through i feel sick to my stomach knowing authorities did not notice anything was going on even after seeing marks on his body and not eating! i hope things will now change. R.I.P daniel xxchange.org
Reactions online at the time of the verdict and sentencing earlier this year were of widespread shock and disgust.
So teachers didn't notice a child so hungry he was scavenging in bins? Sack them all! #danielpelkaSheil
Can't begin to describe my disgust towards the killers of #DanielPelka. I'm overwhelmed by sadness & utter disbelief that this could happen.Jenni Falconer
Right now there are kids out there being abused. If you suspect even a little, even for a second, speak out #danielpelkaUnnamed Insider
The NSPCC charity recently
an effort called "Now I Know", which aims to teach all children in UK primary schools about what they can do if they are abused, or witness other children being abused.