Review of UK triple murder case makes recommendations

SA woman Tania Clarence killed her three sick children who had a life-shortening medical condition.

FILE: Officers outside a house in New Malden, south London on 23 April 2014 after three children were found dead at the house on the previous day.Picture:AFP.

LONDON - A review into the case of a South African woman who killed her three sick children in London has made a number of recommendations to prevent similar tragedies.

Tania Clarence has admitted to the manslaughter of the children who had a life-shortening medical condition that required round-the-clock care.

While the report has ruled the deaths were not preventable, it has been considering whether or not the children should have been removed from her care.

The review concluded Clarence had been depressed but refused help.

She had also been overwhelmed by the task of looking after the three children and the appointments with health professionals which were designed to assisting her.

At the centre of this review is dilemma between supporting the family's needs while being more assertive in using protective measures to remove the children from their home.

A number of recommendations were made, including giving more powers to social workers rather than health workers and to give greater consideration to the parents' background and their attitude to social services.