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A grieving father has told ITV News West Country his two young sons would still be alive if social services had recognised the risks they faced from their mother.
Katherine Hooper killed herself and her five-year-old son Joshua when she jumped from Haytor in July 2013. Her other son Samuel was found dead at the family home a few miles away in Paignton.
A serious case review released today found that the deaths "could not have been avoided" but said the agencies involved in the care of the boys could have worked more closely together.
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A Serious Case Review has been published into the deaths of a mother and her two children who died in Devon last year. Katherine Hooper killed herself and her five year old son Joshua when she jumped from Haytor with him of her shoulders in July 2013. Police later found her two year year old Samuel dead at the family home in Paignton.
Today a report into the handling of the case by Torbay Social Services has been published. It's concluded that the deaths "could not have been avoided" but has highlighted areas from improvement. These include closer working between different agencies and making sure that effective supervision is available for staff involved in Safeguarding work.
The finding have been welcomed by the The Independent Chair of Torbay Safeguarding Children’s Board, David Taylor. He said “This was a very tragic event and I would like to reassure everyone that the Safeguarding Board and all its partners take the recommendations in this review extremely seriously.
“As the review states these deaths could not have been avoided, but we can always improve on what we do. As such, the Board will continue to review and raise the quality of practice in Torbay to ensure partner agencies continue to improve their integrated working." An inquest in September had concluded that Katherine Hooper had killed herself and unlawfully killed Joshua. It returned an open verdict on Samuel.
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A coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide on a woman from Paignton who's body was found at the bottom of Haytor Rocks in July of last year.
Katherine Hooper was found alongside her five year old son Joshua. A verdict of unlawful killing was recorded on his death. The body of her two year old son Sam was subsequently found at the family home. An open verdict was recorded on his death.
An inquest takes place today into the death of Katherine Hooper who was found at the bottom of Haytor Rocks in July of last year.
The body of her five year old son Joshua was alongside her. The body of her younger son, Sam, was subsequently discovered at the family home in Paignton. He was two years old. The inquest takes place at the Palace Hotel in Torquay.
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It is believed Katherine Hooper jumped from rocks at Haytor on Dartmoor with her five year old son Joshua in July.
Her younger son, two year old Sam, was found dead at their home.
Police investigating the deaths of a mother and son on Dartmoor are back at the tourist spot where they died. Katherine Hooper and her five year-old son Joshua fell from rocks at Haytor on Friday. Her 2 year old son Sam was found dead at the family home in Paignton. Jacquie Bird reports
Devon & Cornwall Police have released a CCTV photograph of Katherine Hooper who died with her young son at Haytor last Friday