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Pelka Case Council Rated Inadequate By Ofsted
Children's services at the council criticised over the death of Daniel Pelka at the hands of his mother and stepfather has been labelled "inadequate" by Ofsted.
The four-year-old died from a head injury after longstanding abuse by his mother, Magdelena Luczak, and his stepfather, former soldier Mariusz Krezolek.
Both were jailed for a minimum of 30 years for his murder following a trial last year.
Coventry City Council has faced widespread criticism since the death in March 2012 and a new report published by Ofsted judged children's services at the authority to be "inadequate overall".
It recognised the council's improvements since last year's publication of a damning serious case review criticising children's services handling of the boy's case.
But it said change had been too slow and that measures already put in place at Coventry were "simply not good enough".
The Department for Education also said it was considering what "further actions" were needed to improve the situation, but did not specify what form those measures might take.
It follows a three-week inspection by Ofsted earlier this year.
Coventry City Council said: "The report published today found that caseloads for social workers are too high.
"Although social work teams have been increased, a dramatic increase in workloads - 46% over the last two years - mean that caseloads remain too high."
By the end of February this year, social workers in Coventry were working with 4,529 children in the city - up from 3,085 in March 2013, the council said.
George Duggins, the council's cabinet member for children and young people, today promised a "rapid improvement in services".
He said an extra £5.6m was being invested in the service, to create more social work teams to deal with the huge increase in referrals.
"There is no hiding from the fact that the report's overall findings are disappointing, but many of the problems we face, particularly in the front line of children's social care, is down to the fact of the unprecedented volume of work which continues to increase," he said.
"As the Ofsted report reflects, the findings are not a verdict on the staff, who are working extremely hard in the face of ever-increasing workloads, and their passion, commitment and dedication cannot be questioned.
"We have already responded to this challenge by adding another team of social workers and we have funding to add more as part of the additional £5.6m because as a council safeguarding is one our highest priorities."