Thank you for your response.
I am so sorry to hear this.
If social services have suggested that your sister apply for guardianship then they must have concerns. I do not know the current level of involvement of social services - if their concerns escalated (and this might still happen) they could bring court proceedings themselves for an order in relation to your granddaughter. It is worth your sister speaking to social services to see if they are aware of the current incident and if they are intending to take any action.
I suggest that given the recent incident towards the mother and the mother not currently not being able to care because she is in hospital and the concerns about the fathers aggressive behaviour, that an application is made to your local family court for a Child Arrangements Order on an urgent basis to secure the placement of your granddaughter with your sister whilst your daughter is in hospital and also a Prohibited Stesp Order to prevent your grandaughter being removed by the father in the mean time.
This is the form that needs to be completed:
As your sister does not have parental responsibility then she also needs to complete this form:
Detail on the form:
- the position of the mother being in hospital and the concerns about her health
- the concerns about the father aggressive behaviour
- the reality of whom is providing care for your granddaughter
- previous police involvement
- previous social services involvement
When the form is complete - call your local family court and explain that this matter is urgent and ask for the matter to be dealt with asap by a Judge. Normally you are to attempt mediation befor eyou can apply to court but not when matters are urgent so just tick the appropriate exemption in this regard. Courts can dela with urgent matters quickly within a few days if you stress the urgency.
The Judge will likely make the order on an interim basis to secure the placement of your granddaughter and in the longer term the court can also investigate the concerns about the father and whether he is safe to spend time with his child and also if the mother is capable of caring and protecting her child from witnessing abuse by the father.
There is a court fee payable when the application is sent to court. This is £215 but you may be eligible for a reduction or waiver dependant upon your sisters means.
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