Review says family deaths couldn't be prevented

The deaths of three children who were killed by their mother in Lowestoft could not have been prevented an investigation has found.

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Council's relationship with Fiona Anderson broke down

The serious case review into the death of Fiona Anderson and her three children found that the relationship between the family and Suffolk County Council had broken down and that the case was "allowed to drift".

ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard spoke to Sue Cook, Suffolk County Council's head of Children and Young People's Services.

Click above to watch the full interview.

The care of Lowestoft family was allowed to drift says report

The report into the deaths of a pregnant mum and her three children has said the tragedy could not have been prevented.

23-year old Fiona Anderson killed herself when she jumped from the roof of a multi-storey car park in Lowestoft in April last year.

Suffolk police later discovered the bodies of her three children, Levina, Addy and Kyden at the home they shared in Lowestoft.

Today's report by Suffolk's Safeguarding Children Board raised concerns over the initial use of a student social worker in the case which it said had been "allowed to drift."

Click above to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Malcolm Robertson.

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Lessons have been learnt in Lowestoft deaths

A serious case review into the deaths of Fiona Anderson and her three children in Lowestoft last year has found the tragedy could not have been predicted.

Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board, says changes have been made to procedures since the deaths in April 2013.

Click above to watch an interview with Peter Worobec, the Independent Chair of the Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Suffolk County Council had long history with Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson died in April 2013 Credit: ITV News Anglia

A serious case review into the deaths of Fiona Anderson and her children from Lowestoft has revealed that Suffolk County Council had a 3-year history of of working with her.

The Young People Services started working with Fiona and her partner prior to the birth of Levina, due to concerns about her parenting abilities.

Court proceedings to remove Levina were started but were withdrawn following a challenge which said there was insufficient evidence to justify the action.

London Road South, Lowestoft Credit: ITV News Anglia

The case review found that this action caused a strained relationship between the family and children's social care.

It also acknowledged that as time went on, further concerns were made surrounding the care of the children.

By May 2012 and the birth of Fiona's third child, all three of her children where included i a Child Protection Plan over concerns about neglect.

Report author Ron Lock said, "Despite interventions by a number of practitioners, there was no success in effectively engaging the family in interventions by professionals. This meant that the overall implementation of the child protection plans was significantly compromised.

To see the Case Review in full, click on the link below

http://www.suffolksafeguardingchildrenboard.onesuffolk.net/procedures/serious-case-reviews/#learning

Serious case review into Lowestoft deaths is published

The Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board has published a serious case review, following the death of Fiona Anderson and her 3 children in April 2013.

Two experts who have never before worked in Suffolk were commissioned to write the report.

Ron Lock and Bob Cook were asked to explore who did what and why and identify any local practice could be improved in the future.

The independent Chair of the Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board, Peter Worobec, said. "The loss of Fiona Anderson and her children was a tragedy and deeply impacted on the local and the wider community.

Throughout this review, the Board has kept the lives of the family and in particular the children, central, so that any future lessons can be learned.

As professionals from a number of agencies had been working with this family at the time of these tragic events, it was particularly important for this review to be rigorous and independently led."

As professionals from a number of agencies had been working with this family at the time of these tragic events, it was particularly important for this review to be rigorous and independently led."

Click below to watch a short clip from Ron Lock.

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