Serious Case Review into abuse at Little Stars Nursery in 2010
Author: Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board
Key Document Type: Report
Date Published: 27th August 2013
Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board has published a serious case review into abuse at Little Stars Nursery in 2010.
Paul Wilson, an assistant at the nursery, was jailed for 13½ in July 2011 after pleading guilty to raping a child in the nursery. He also admitted 47 counts of grooming of teenage girls over the internet.
The Review found that it was known by the nursery, Ofsted and the local authority that Wilson had a ‘special relationship’ with the child which should have raised the alarm and been examined in more detail.
The review also found that the lack of supervision of the perpetrator in the nursery, failure to understand the risks of “special relationships” with individual children, the layout of the nursery and the weak safeguarding practice within the setting combined to create an environment where the external factors that might have deterred the
perpetrator from abusing the child were missing.’
The local authority did not communicate concerns to the relevant agencies or investigate when the initial child protection concerns were raised. In addition there was a failure by Ofsted and the local authority to properly investigate subsequent concerns and a lack of rigour and depth to the nursery inspection process.
The report makes eight key recommendations which are being addressed. In addition each agency was required to conduct an internal review to identify learning specifically for their organisations. The Board have ensured that all internal actions have been fully implemented. The overall learning from the case has been under review given the
broader national implications arising from this and several other similar cases and we are now rapidly introducing changes as a result.
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