Health professionals failed to assess the risk a mentally ill mother posed to her two young children, a report into their deaths has found.So far, so terribly normal when dealing with ‘health professionals’.
Vivian Gamor, who was schizophrenic, killed her son and daughter in Hackney, east London, in January last year.
Months earlier she was detained under the mental health act after threatening her sister with a knife.
Passing sentence, Judge Peter Rook QC said: "On the face of it, this terrible tragedy could have been avoided if Gamor had not been allowed unsupervised access and the children's father's grave concerns had been given weight."But where’s the phrase I’m looking for? Ah, there it is:
Alan Wood, director of children's services at Hackney council, said the case highlighted "how unpredictable mental illness can be and the dreadful impact it can have on families".So the next time a woman beats her daughters, claims she’s not their real mother and they must have been ‘swapped at birth’, they’ll be right on the case! Mr Ogunkoya isn’t convinced:
He said all recommendations of the report had been implemented and lessons had been learned.
But Mr Ogunkoya attacked the report and said: "They're always learning lessons, but children are still dying.Me neither, Mr Ogunkoya, me neither….
"We should have been aware of the medical state of their mother - we should have been aware of this.
"It doesn't take a genius to work out that that there needs to be some sort of risk assessment done, you can't just throw the children in there and hope for the best.
"My children were living with me, they were taken out of a safe environment and... placed in to an unsafe one.
"If someone's been sectioned for violence - brandishing a knife - I don't see how that person can't pose a risk."