It was Truro Crown Court with Judge Mitchell. My daughter cold afford a solicitor so she had represent herself. The judge had written reports from the social worker, the police and Cafcass. My daughter pointed out that Cafcass, in their report, recommended further assessment of my granddaughter's father but the Judge just said that it would take too long. He has requested a further report from Cafcass but I don't see the point of that if he is going to ignore their recommendations. The father has said that he sees no reason why his daughters should not be allowed to spend time with his girlfriend and her children. There is another court hearing towards the end of May and until then the father has unsupervised access all day every Saturday. The police, social worker, counsellor, my daughter and myself have all told Chloe how brave she was to tell us and have given reassurance that she will not have to see the boy and his family again. She will never trust us again if this contact goes ahead as the father intends. All the professionals involved are stunned at the judge's ruling.
No she wasn't aware she had the right to appeal at the time and she believes it is now too late as she has been told that she should have asked the judge at the time.