Father condemns 'whitewash' report into killing of childrenwhitewash whitewash, white fluid commonly used as an inexpensive, impermanent coating for walls, fences, stables, and other exterior structures. It varies in composition, being generally a mixture of lime (quicklime), water, flour, salt, glue, and whiting, with other " an inquiry that stopped short of blaming any individual for the tragedy.
An investigation commissioned by the City and Hackney Local Safeguarding Children Board found health professionals had failed to detect the risk paranoid schizophrenic Vivian Gamor posed to the children.
Mental health services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract should have taken more account of her strange behaviour towards them, it concluded. Gamor had claimed she was not the children's real mother, and that they had been swapped at birth.But it said no "single judgment or action within any agency triggered or failed to prevent" the killings of 10-year-old Antoine and three-year-old Keniece, identifying instead "organisational and individual failings" within the various agencies involved.
Only a 14-page summary of the full report and recommendations was published.
The children's father, Gabriel "Jimi" Ogunkoya, criticised the failure to identify decisions or staff members that could have prevented Gamor from bludgeoning Antoine to death with a hammer and suffocating suf·fo·cate
v. suf·fo·cat·ed, suf·fo·cat·ing, suf·fo·cates
1. To kill or destroy by preventing access of air or oxygen.
2. To impair the respiration of; asphyxiate.
3. Keniece with clingfilm at her flat in Pembury Close, Hackney, east London East London, city (1991 pop. 240,474), Eastern Cape, SE South Africa, on the Indian Ocean. The city grew around a British military post founded in 1847. Its harbor was developed from 1886, and today it is a leading South African port. . She had been allowed unsupervised access to her children four months after being sectioned, having threatened a relative with a knife.
Calling for a public inquiry, the 33-year-old, who split up with Gamor in 2005, said: "I and my family feel totally let down by the system. It is a system which failed my children, and it is still my view that they were frogmarched to their death. That no one has been identified in this report after a 17-month wait is a total disgrace."
Gamor was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in September 2006. But after her condition apparently improved, she was allowed unsupervised access to her children, who were in the care of Ogunkoya.
In January 2007 she killed them, and was detained de·tain
tr.v. de·tained, de·tain·ing, de·tains
1. To keep from proceeding; delay or retard.
2. To keep in custody or temporary confinement: indefinitely in a secure mental health facility after admitting two counts of manslaughter at the Old Bailey Old Bailey
the Central Criminal Court of England
Noun 1. Old Bailey - the central criminal court in London
criminal court - a court having jurisdiction over criminal cases in August.
Ogunkoya, who as an unmarried father had no parental responsibility Parental responsibility
- in the European Union, parental responsibility (access and custody) refers to the bundle of rights and privileges that children have with their parents and significant others as the basis of their relationship;
In 2006, he told social services social services
welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs
social services npl → servicios mpl sociales he did not want his former partner to have contact with their children after expressing concerns that she was not feeding them and had cut off one side of Keniece's hair. In April that year, Gamor wrote to police saying her two babies had been stillborn stillborn /still·born/ (-born) born dead.
Dead at birth.
n an infant who is born dead.
born dead. and swapped at birth for two other children.
At the Old Bailey, Judge Peter Rook rook, term used for a common Eurasian bird (genus Corvus) of the family Corvidae (Crow family), smaller than the American crow. The jackdaw is a European species of the genus. Rooks nest in large colonies, whence the term rookery. described how Ogunkoya had "brought his concerns to the social services [and] his GP and sought professional legal advice but was told that he could not stand in the way of the mother and it would be seen as kidnap if he tried to keep the children with him".
Sentencing Gamor, he added: "On the face of it, this terrible tragedy could have been avoided if you had not been allowed unsupervised access and the children's father's grave concerns had been given weight."
Alan Wood For other persons named Alan Wood, see Alan Wood (disambiguation).
Alan Wood was born (on March 20 1947) and brought up in Sheffield where he was educated at King Edward VII School (photo). , director of children's services at Hackney council, said the case showed how child protection services and mental health services needed to work "ever more closely to successfully protect children in the future".
"Nothing we implement can change the tragic outcome of this case, but we would like to assure the family that lessons have been learned by all partners," he said.
"All the recommendations of the report have already been implemented, and the council has gone further in implementing a radical review of social work services, including a robust assessment of the professional skills of every social worker in the organisation."
Lynne Hunt, deputy chief executive of the East London NHS Foundation Trust NHS Foundation Trusts (often referred to as "foundation hospitals") are hospitals which are part of the National Health Service in England. Function
They have a significant amount of managerial and financial freedom when compared to existing NHS Trust. , offered the body's "deepest and most sincere condolences" to Ogonkoya and other family members.
"Considerable work has already taken place to address key areas highlighted in the report," she said.
"Our training programmes now have greater emphasis on the needs of children whose parents have a mental illness, even when the children do not live with them. We have worked closely with our partners to ensure that referral routes between services are clearer. Regular meetings take place between professionals and all communication has been strengthened."
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