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Philpott Fire Killings 'Could Not Be Predicted'
The six Philpott children killed in a house fire started by their parents were victims of "a criminal act no one could have predicted", according to a Serious Case Review.
The Derby Safeguarding Children Board concluded that their deaths could not have been prevented.
Mick and Mairead Philpott and their friend Paul Mosley were convicted of manslaughter and jailed last year.
Jade Philpott and her brothers John, Jack, Jesse, Jayden and Duwayne died after their home was set alight in May 2012.
A statement from the board said their "tragic" deaths could not have been foreseen.
"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."
Mick Philpott lived for some time with his wife and former mistress, along with their 11 children.
The review found that the living arrangements at Victory Road were "unorthodox" but stated: "Although professionals recognised the arrangements as unusual they did not appear to affect the children and there was no evidence of difficulties between the adults."
The report considered a number of issues relating to the children including adult relationships, overcrowding at the house, Mick Philpott's previous convictions, domestic abuse, and media coverage.
"There were not concerns about the care of the children," report author Glenys Johnston told Sky News.
"In fact the children presented as happy, healthy, who formed good relationships with others around them.
"They were not malnourished, there were no concerns about the welfare of the children."
In 2005 and 2006, Sure Start staff "commented positively on the family atmosphere and the father's engagement with his children".
In 2011, after one child told school staff she had been slapped at home, investigations found the "family continued to appear well adjusted and happy".
The report highlighted areas for improvement, however, including the sharing of information of past convictions going back decades.
Several agencies did not know of Mick Philpott's violent past, a conviction for attempted murder on an ex-girlfriend in 1978.
Workload pressures also meant more thorough checks on the children's files did not happen.
There were also opportunities to get to know the family better due to Mick Philpott's notoriety and various incidents of domestic abuse.
The report stated: "Information that has emerged after the deaths of the children have described some tensions between the father and the women who lived in the house due to his controlling manner, but this was not apparent at the time.
"The relationship between the two mothers was always viewed as supportive and caring with neither of them having any difficulty with the partnership arrangements or any jealousy."
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue advice forms part of the review's 10 recommendations, for example continuing to encourage the installation of sprinklers into new houses.
As a result of the Philpott children's deaths research was carried out by the service into why they did not hear the smoke alarms.
Area manager Gavin Tomlinson, said: "Obviously children are developing their hearing at a younger age and they may not be woken by the smoke alarm.
"That said, the smoke alarm is there to alert all occupants and obviously there will be responsible people in the house - adults with children."
Mick Philpott was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years after being described as a "disturbingly dangerous" man.
His wife, who is likely to be released after serving half of her 17-year term, took part as part of a plan to frame his former mistress who had left the family.
Their friend Paul Mosley was also jailed for 17 years.
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