Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Child removed unlawfully by inadequate council

"Gloucestershire county council has apologised after it unlawfully removed a young child from its mother and placed it in foster care without giving the mother or father any notice of its intention to do so."

"The action was in contravention of a care order that the council’s social workers had recommended to a court, which stated that in the event of the child being removed from its mother it should go immediately to live with its father. It took six weeks for the mother to get the child, who was breastfeeding when removed, restored to her care."

"At a hearing at Gloucester family court on Friday, the judge Stephen Wildblood described the council’s actions as unnecessary, disproportionate and deeply traumatic for the mother."

"He said the child, aged under two, had been taken from her care with a `degree of subterfuge and immediacy` that was `plainly wrong`. Unusually, he relaxed reporting restrictions in the case, after an application by the Guardian and the BBC..."

"Gloucestershire children’s services department was recently rated inadequate by Ofsted, with multiple failings identified in its previous senior management team."

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