Hi Clare, l have contacted the young man... he has not submitted form as yet so therefore a first hearing has not taken place.
Additional information l have obtained from him :-
Convincton for cannabis - sentenced 70 hrs Voluntary work which has been completed.
No domestic violence or safeguarding issues around children.
No longer cannabis user.
Impact of being left to the whims of his child's mother as to when he can have contact and phone contact; has given him anxiety and stress. He was prescribed medication now no longer needed. Referral to Healthy Minds, which he attended and provide strategies to alleviate his anxiety and stress. Medical evidence of this on record.
He has learnt his lesson re: conviction and has takeno full responsibility for his actions. Has turned his life around and wants to a be a responsible Co parent to son.
Decided to utilise the Family Court as an equitable way of resolving contact issues as opposed to been in dispute with child's mother. Prepared to attend contact centre and eventually overnight access in the future. This is the only child he has and wants the chance to be there throughout his life , just like his own father has been there for him.
Clare, l need to write the reference citing these issues so the judge can see even though he has made mistakes in life he has taken responsibility for the consequences of his actions. Also that he takes his parental issues seriously and should be afforded the opportunity to be a part of son'so life. He has already missed out on some of his sons developmental mile stones and does not want to miss out any further. I would appreciate your assistance to enable me to provide a reference which will be seriously considered for this young man. He has been honest to me and is actively seeking work and future accommodation. He has qualifications and l have encouraged him to continue education, training and employment so he can be a productive citizen and parent. I applaud him for not walking away from his son.
Hope above information helps. Sorry for delay however l'm co_ordinating family funeral and finalising everything for the service tomorrow.
Looking forward to your response and assistance.