Philpott deaths could not have been predicted, review finds

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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'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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