Philpott deaths 'could not have been prevented'

The deaths of the six Philpott children in a house fire started by their parents "could not have been predicted or prevented", a serious case review has found. Mick and Mairead Philpott were jailed for the manslaughter of Jade and her five brothers.

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'Knowing Philpott's record may have changed things'

A report has found the deaths of Mick and Mairead's six children in a house fire the couple deliberately started themselves could not have been "predicted or prevented."

But Bernadette Philpott, the younger sister of Mairead, told ITV News' Paul Davies that things may have been different if it had been known earlier that Mick Philpott had a record for stabbing a former girlfriend.

Read: 'Some opportunities to get to know family better'

Police release statement after Serious Case Review

Six children died in the blaze, which happened in 2012... Credit: ITV Central

Derbyshire Police have released a statement following the serious case review into the deaths of the six Philpott children, in May 2012.

Detective Superintendent, Andy Stokes, head of public protection, said:

“The death of any child is extremely tragic but this case was particularly distressing for the families involved, the community and the officers and staff who formed the investigation team...

... The serious case review recommends that front line officers are reminded of the need to document the details of all children at an address when they attend domestic violence incidents and to consider the welfare of the children...

... This recommendation has been carried out as part of a wider programme to raise awareness of safeguarding issues across the force and all officers will be regularly reminded of the lessons highlighted in this and other serious case reviews.”

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'Some opportunities to get to know family better'

A statement from the Philpott serious case review board said:

The board concludes that the tragic deaths of the children could not have been predicted or prevented.

However, given the notoriety of the father, the incidents of domestic abuse and visibility of the children, there were some opportunities to get to know the family better although this would not have led to professionals becoming aware that there were plans to deliberately set fire to the house when the children were sleeping.

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Philpott deaths 'could not have been prevented'

The six Philpott children killed in a blaze in May 2012. Credit: Police

The deaths of the six Philpott children in a house fire started by their parents "could not have been predicted or prevented", a serious case review has found.

The report carried out by the Derby Safeguarding Children Board in the aftermath of the tragedy found that while various professionals who had contact with the family could not have foreseen the fire, there were chances to get to know the family better.