Hi Clare, the children are 6 weeks and 15 months. My daughter took the youngest to hospital 2 weeks ago and they were taken off her and her partner about 5 days later. My wife(partner) agreed to be a foster carer so they wouldn't end up with strangers. As far as I know there have been no hearings just one social worker who is carrying out investigations. We wanted to transfer the case to Hull and move the children in with us whilst things were sorted. My daughter and partner would also relocate to Hull. My wife is on her own in a strange place with no support. The social worker would originally not allow her home until our house had a risk assessment by the social worker even though one had already been carried out by our local council.
It seems as though they are trying to break my wife so they can put the children with a local foster carer. Do we have any rights as grandparents to care for them in our own home? What about human right convention on family life?
Sorry, probably more info than you need but I'm getting very frustrated as I feel if we complain they will just take the children away
No. Her parents father has seen someone but I don't believe he is a family expert. They are not allowed any contact with the children because he was "uncooperative" in the hospital. My daughter would probably qualify for legal aid if she did but I don't think she has the confidence to do it alone.
All correct. She can withdraw consent but the risk is they go into care.
is there a problem with her partner? It was his father that was unreasonable in the hospital.
My bed beckons - can I pick this up in the morning?
thanks for your help Clare
i have been told by a solicitors secretary that legal aid stopped 2 years ago. Is this true for care cases?