Thanks to the Coventry Observer for this article today, Twitter is busy tonight, more signatures coming in from Coventry.

Mum leads calls for Daniel’s Law

A PETITION calling on new laws to be introduced in the wake of Daniel Pelka’s murder has been signed by more than 12,000 people.

Daniel’s Law calls on mandatory reporting of child abuse – something which is not currently the case. Mother-of-two Paula Barrow launched the petition after being affected by the four-year-old’s story and concerned over the circumstances of his death. The Manchester mum said other countries had introduced mandatory reporting and there was a ‘critical hole’ in UK law.

She has written to top government brass – including deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg – in a bid to change the law. “One way in which we can help better protect children is to make those around them legally responsible,” she said. “Legislation is needed which requires staff working in all regulated activities to report concerns. “This will not only help children in distress, but it will also help staff to report abuse without hesitation or fear of reprisal. “Now is the time to petition for that change; to make it a legal obligation to look out for, protect and safeguard the well-being of vulnerable children.”

The results of a serious case review into Daniel’s death – examining the role of public bodies – are expected in the next couple of weeks. The Holbrooks youngster was starved and beaten by step-father Mariusz Krezolek mum Magdelena Luczak. Both are serving life sentences for murder. He was buried in Poland on Tuesday in a grave next to his grandmother.