SCIE press release

Daniel Pelka; serious case review; SCIE comment

19 September 2013

This week, the serious case review was published into the death of Daniel Pelka. Four-year-old Daniel died in March 2012 at his Coventry home. Here is SCIE’s comment about the serious case review.

The tragic case of Daniel Pelka reminds us how important it is that we get genuine learning from serious case reviews. Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson MP, has given a useful reminder that this involves not just naming failings in the help provided by professionals, but also getting underneath why professionals acted in the way they did, and what was getting in the way of them taking the right action at the right time.

The principles of a systems approach, that all serious case reviews must now comply with, promise to provide this depth of analysis and understanding. That is vital if agencies are to instigate effective improvements for the benefit of children and families. Through our Learning Together programme, SCIE is working to support local safeguarding children boards, as well as safeguarding adult boards, to turn the promise of a systems approach to learning into a reality, so that we can provide more effective and timely help to children and families.

SCIE’s Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe


Media contact

Steve Palmer, Press and Public Affairs Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email: