The Daniel Pelka Serious Case Review Essay

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The Daniel Pelka serious case review is one of many that are conducted around the United Kingdom every year. A serious case review is a local enquiry into the death or serious injury of a child, where abuse or neglect are known or suspected. These are conducted by the Local Safeguarding Children Boards; with the main focus being on what lessons can be learnt locally to prevent this from happening again (Brandon, Bailey, Belderson, 2010). In this textual analysis we will be looking back at previous case reviews including Jasmine Beckford and Baby P. We will then look at what recommendations have been made and use the Peka case to see weather we have learned from our previous mistakes or are we still in the same position now as we where …show more content…
This case also had a massive affect of policy, the department for health and social security drafted guideline recommendations for improving inter-professionals coordination in child abuse work and including comments. This piece of legislation emphasised the statutory obligation that local authorities have when protecting children (Hawkes, 2011).

In 2007 Baby P died aged 17 months. His cause of death is listed as fracture/ dislocation of the thoracolumbar spine. Baby P’s family where known to social services and he had been on the child protection register since 2006. He also had a child protection plan. He had older siblings who are not mentioned in this case review. During his first visit by the health visitor he was seen as doing okay but was still placed in the cause for concern pile due to his family history (his mother had been on the child protection register as a child) (LSCB Haringey, 2009). Baby P’s mother was also referred for help with suspected postnatal depression after his birth however this was not followed up. In 2006 he was admitted into hospital following swelling to his head after a suspected fall. A strategies meeting took place, as there were concerns about his welfare, it was decided that he would not be able to return home until after the investigations had taken place (BBC, 2013a). The paediatric consultant said that the bruising he had seen “is

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