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Sean Denton aged 18 mths

Barnet Social Services
18-month-old taken off at-risk register
13 December 2008
Daily Mirror
By Kate Mansey and Matt Blake

Scandal of Baby S: 18-month-old taken off at-risk register and killed by his mother.

Tragic toddler Sean Denton – left by Social Services to die at the hands of his drug-abusing mother who had already served a jail sentence for manslaughter.

Amanda Adams smothered her rosy-cheeked son when he was just 18 months old, before hanging herself.

Shockingly, Sean – whose father was also a killer – had been taken off the at-risk register when he was just two months old, despite his parents’ deeply-troubled past.

Sean’s background could hardly have been worse. His mum Amanda started drinking at the age of 12, went off the rails as a teenager and suffered mental health problems.

She had a history of self-harm and violence and served two years in a young offenders’ institution for a knife attack.

Sean’s father Mark Denton was also an alcoholic drug abuser.

Amanda, 30, and Mark, 35, together killed a squatter in a violent row in 1999 – and were each sentenced for manslaughter.

Amanda was jailed for life, Mark received a lesser sentence – but both released after just five years.

Not surprisingly, Sean was placed on the at-risk register before he was even born. But incredibly he was taken off it at the age of two months because social workers took a “positive” view of his parents.

A total of 10 government agencies were involved with helping or monitoring the family – from social services to two police forces. But all failed to save him.

The events that led to Sean’s death started to unfold when Mark hanged himself last October.

His death failed to raise any alarms among authorities – and two weeks later, distraught Amanda smothered Sean and then hanged herself.

Sean’s desperately short life started in Barnet, North London, on April 10, 2006 – just a month after Baby P was born in the neighbouring London borough of Haringey.

He died on October 26, 2007 – two months after the now-notorious death of Baby P, who was murdered three miles away after social workers and medics failed to spot he was being abused.

Until now, the tragic circumstances of Sean’s death have been kept quiet.

His parents met in rehab in 1999. Amanda, whose father killed himself when she was just eight years old, was known to authorities as a troublesome teenager whose mother couldn’t control her.

When she and Mark came out of rehab they were homeless and lived in a squat. They soon spiralled back into a life of drink and drugs.

It wasn’t long before they killed a fellow squatter and were jailed. They were released in 2004 and the following year they got back together.

Amanda then fell pregnant with Sean. The authorities were so concerned that Sean was placed on the child protection register even before his birth.

But, astonishingly, the decision was made to take him off the register when he was just a few weeks old because he was healthy and there were no signs of abuse.

Amanda and Mark parted when Sean was one, and Mark moved to a flat in Hemel Hempstead, Herts. He hanged himself there on October 12, 2007.

But no one told Barnet Council about Mark’s death, so they did not know to keep an eye on the family.

Exactly two weeks later, Amanda wrote suicide notes saying she wanted the family to be reunited in heaven before killing her son and then herself.

A month after the deaths, Barnet Council launched a review into how Sean could have been better protected.

The year-long Serious Case Review, seen by the Sunday Mirror, reveals a catalogue of fatal blunders that led to the child’s welfare being ignored. Mother and baby were being monitored by the Metropolitan Police, London Probation, Barnet NHS Primary Care Trust, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health, London Borough of Barnet and Barnet Homes and Barnet Children’s Services.

But after Sean was taken off the at-risk register, they all withdrew their monitoring. One by one they failed to help Amanda and Sean.

The papers reveal the many mistakes made by the organisations which failed to spot the baby was in danger.

They also reveal a complete communication breakdown between the 10 different authorities, including two police forces, which meant

Barnet child protection workers were not told of the father’s suicide. Barnet’s Serious Case Review recommended that more “risk assessments” taking into account the “personal history” of the parents should have been carried out.

A further independent review slammed officials for painting a “positive picture” of the parents and being “overly optimistic”.

It said carers did not check records properly and “the history of extreme violence was not explored”.

A whistleblower who attended the Serious Case Review was appalled by what he heard.

He told the Sunday Mirror: “Sirens should have been ringing as loud and clear over this case as possible.

“The review suggested there should have been greater risk assessments and that they should have looked more closely at the history of the parents. If two killer parents with a history of drug and alcohol problems aren’t a risk, I don’t know what is.

“Baby S’s death was completely preventable – no ifs or buts.

“The social services, the police and mental-health professionals all have blood on their hands.

“There were so many agencies involved that they could have looked after a whole kindergarten full of kids – never mind just one.

“But they failed to communicate with each other.

“There’s a culture of looking on the bright side, so professionals can sign off on a case and move on to the next.

“When the father committed suicide, alarm bells should have rung and the agencies should have been talking to each other and gone back to see the mother.”

Amanda’s mother Rita, 66, was left devastated by the deaths of her daughter and grandson and said: “She was a beautiful girl – our whole family has been through so many deaths and so much grief.

“When she had the baby we couldn’t believe how well she was getting on. She was a great mum.”

After social services ended their involvement with Sean and his mother, the only interaction Amanda had with the authorities was to go to a local community centre twice a month where her attendance was registered.

The separate, damning independent Overview Review report, by child protection expert Sally Trench said: “Previous records were not consulted, extreme violence not explored.

The director of children’s services in Barnet at the time of Sean’s death – Gillian Palmer – has since moved on to work for Greenwich Council in South London.

Yesterday when approached at her home she refused to speak to the Sunday Mirror about the case.

Both Sean and Baby P died just a few miles from where eight-year-old Victoria Climbie was killed.

Victoria’s death in 2000 sparked a nationwide review of child-protection services by Lord Laming.

But today the Sunday Mirror reveals another shocking catalogue of errors by social services that has led to another child’s death.

Steve Shawcross, spokesman for Barnet Council, said: “Tragically, unexpectedly and unknown to Barnet Council, the father of Baby S committed suicide in Hertfordshire, and the Serious Case Review confirms that this had a profound effect on the mother of Baby S.

“Had the authority known of this event, support and guidance would have been provided.”

The whistleblower also said of the Serious Case Review: “No one said they were sorry.

“There was an air of regretfulness but mostly people said they did all they could do.

“Then we had an email around warning us not to speak to the Press.”