Daniel Pelka child services chief Colin Green resigns new post


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The man in charge of children’s services in Coventry at the time four-year-old Daniel Pelka was murdered has resigned from a child protection job at another council.

Colin Green has stepped down as chairman of the Local Safeguarding Children Board in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets “with immediate effect”, the authority said.

He retired from Coventry City Council last month.

Daniel was physically abused and starved by his mother and step-father for months, and weighed just 11kg upon his death.

Geoffrey Robinson, the MP for Coventry North West, previously said Mr Green “takes with him the indelible stain of Daniel’s cruel death, which his department had failed to prevent.”

A serious case review published this week highlighted how chances were missed by child protection agencies to intervene in the tragic case.

Magdelena Luczak and former soldier Mariusz Krezolek, both originally from Poland, were jailed for a minimum of 30 years each after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court earlier this year.

Tower Hamlets cabinet member for children, schools and families Oliur Rahman was quoted by the East London Advertiser as saying he was abroad when the appointment was made in June.

“I wouldn’t feel comfortable working with somebody who was involved in such a horrific case,” he told the newspaper.

“I think he has taken the right decision. I wish him luck in the future.”