Thank you for your response.
Please do accept my apologies for my delay in responding to you.
I am glad to hear that your daughter is being given the opportunity to care for her daughter.
In relation to yoou spending time with your granddaughter whilst the care proceedings are ongoing - it is the posistion that the local authority are only under a duty to enure that they offer parental contact for all other relatives they should look to promote contact but this is not a duty like it is for the parents.
You are correct in contacting the social workers manager and exlaining your position. They may well take a different view to the social worker whom hasnt helped you so far.
Family members are of course important and consideration will be given to any relationship you have had with your granddaughter before although this may be very limited if she is only a baby.
I understand your position in relation to caring given the issues. I asked as if you were assessed positively a a carer then the local authority should really be looking at promoting the relationship more in cae the placement with the mother did not work out.
If you dont get anywhere with the social worker of their manager you could try the childrens guardian. The mother will be able to tell you whom this independant person is. I say this because you are part of the package for your daughter and her support network. I understand you cant care but you are still wanting to be their for your daughter and your granddaughter in the future and this could be factored in to the decision the local authority make as to your daughters ability to care. Explain this to the social worker / manager but also the childrens guardian. You may find that one of them is supportive of this and then the contact position in relation to you seeing your granddaughter is changed. Contact is regularly reviewed and the Guardian often attends at contact planning meetings and they may be able to advocate your positon for you.
Let me know if I can assist you further
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