Hi, thank you for your question. What are their reasons for the reduction in contact and were the previous arrangements limited to only weekends and holidays, or was there more in addition?
Where are the parents and who has parental responsibility?
What about the mother?
Thank you for confirming. As there is no court order the child's placement is voluntary and only the parent's have parental responsibility so they still have the role of making major decisions in the child's upbringing, however as the child is in foster care, day to day decisions has been passed to the local authority and foster carer. They will need to carry out risk assessments in relation to contact with the child and any contact with the family must be in the child's best interests, so if it has a negative impact on him then they have a right to alter the arrangements.
However, if you feel that their decision is incorrect I would suggest that you write to the social worker and the team manager formally setting out your proposals for contact and why you feel it should return to the same level as before.
If they do not agree then you will be left with no choice but to pursue a court application - initially this will be for permission to apply for a child arrangement order, and if permission is granted then for a child arrangement order (to see the child), together with a £155 and £215 court fee (one for each application) to your local family court.
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It would help in looking at the way forward if you confirm how your grandson came to be in Care.
Was a Care Order made?