The order was made in February 2012. The mother has held onto my granddaughter because her Social worker has scare mongered her mother into thinking I am on death's door, which I am not. To my knowledge, my granddaughter is not in school. She did attend an Ofsted rated Excellence school in Dartford. There are none in Plymouth., only good.
I was ill in 2012, I had a blood clot that traveled to my heart and I was very ill. I found out that I have stage 2 diabetes. I have been in hospital twice more, once in December 2013 with ulcerated legs and once in February 2014 with gall stones. The last 2 incidents were totally unrelated to the 2012 incident. My granddaughter;s social worker is on long term sick and she has a locum social worker. The locum is insistent that my son rings me twice a day to ensure that I have not died. When my granddaughter;s mother decided to keep her in Plymouth, Social Services closed their file on her. I have put in a complaint about the social worker but her Team Leader says there is nothing she can do because Amber is now out of the County. She is now in Devon.
2012 she was having contact with her mother. December 2013 she was having Christmas contact with her mother and February 2014 my ex-husband and his new wife looked after her.
I have a residence order because her father married and her new stepmother was abusing her mentally and physically. I have looked after my granddaughter for approximately 9 years of her 11 years. It breaks my heart that she is now with her mother, because she threw her out with my son when she was only 1 year old.
My granddaughter spends half of Christmas, half of Easter, 4 weeks of the summer holidays and two of the half terms. She is to be returned to me at least 2 days prior to the start of school term.
Social Services already supported me in 2012. They say they can do nothing now that my granddaughter is out of their area. However, Plymouth Social Services have not opened a file on her. I have put in an official complaint against the Social Worker here for her unprofessional way of dealing with this matter. It seems like the Social Worker has given no thought to my granddaughter;s wishes and feelings which of course should have been paramount in her dealings with this case. My complaint is going through at the moment so, no I don;t think they will back me. I think the social worker advised her mother to keep her down in Plymouth.
Yes, because the original order was made at Medway, I have to send them there. If that is the case, then presumably her mother will have to serve them at Medway as well. Am I right.
Sorry, I fell asleep.
I did contact my Dr. he said he was not prepared to do a letter unless requested by the Court. He mumbled something about social services and baby P.
Thank you for your reply, however, all my hospital discharge papers state that there are no follow up appointments necessary except for the gall bladder operation. The complaint that I put in to social services, I had my granddaughter's locum's team leader come to see me and she agreed that the social worker had acted beyond her powers. However, she said that she would investigate what I told her and reply by next Friday. She did say that there was nothing more to do because my granddaughter is out of the county, but she did look worried when I pointed out all the misrepresentations in the assessment, some of which were quite damaging to me and my family , and told her what she had said to me. She further said that the locum social worker was an experienced senior social worker and I told her that unless I was satisfied with her procedure of my complaint, I would take it further.
I have been in court for most of today and the court have told me that I hold a "live" Residents Order and that I can go and pick her up as soon as I like but they did say to get legal advice which I have done and they all say that I have a right to go and get her.
I phoned her mum today when we came out of court but she is not answering the phone to me so I left a voice mail saying we would be down tomorrow to pick my granddaughter up.
Hopefully it will all go smoothly.
Thank you for your help.
I went to pick my granddaughter up on Saturday. We had to call the police to enforce the residents order. They in turn had to ring social services out of hours team and they said that as I had a live Residence Order they had to abide by the court order and we were allowed to bring my granddaughter home eventually. However, the stipulation was that I had an emergency assessment to see if I could cope with my granddaughter and her needs and I came out with flying colors. She is going to send her report into our social services team stating that she has no concerns regarding my health or my granddaughter's needs not being met. However, my granddaughter came back from Plymouth minus one of her eyes and her coat and DSi.
But she did come back with head lice! Her mother has put in for an interim residence order last week, so now I guess we will have to fight it out in court unless social services agree that their original assessment was misleading.
Thank you for all your help.