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Our daughter is currently a looked after child under sec

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Hi, Our daughter is currently a looked after child under sec 20 CA1989, due to a relationship breakdown with mum. This resulted in her fighting with mum and going missing on several occasions, resulting in us not being able to keep her safe. We have full parental responsibility. She has been having contact with her godmother, however after the last visit she returned to her foster carer and was very upset because her godmother had been 'dissing' mum. The week after this contact she went missing from school and threatened to commit suicide. She initially said that she wanted no further contact with her godmother, but has now changed her mind. In view of this we emailed godmother to ask her to arrange contact via us, so that our daughter would not feel pressured. She refused and sent us a very nasty and hurtful reply. We have spoken to our daughters social worker and the IRO to ask them to stop this contact, they have both replied that because she our daughter has expressed a wish to see her then the contact can continue. Up until this incident our daughter had no wish to have contact with mum, however this has now changed and they have a couple of contacts, which have gone well. In view of the last incidents with godmother we are genuinely concerned this might have a significant impact on the mum / daughter reconciliation process.
In view of this, is the social worker correct? Can the fact that our daughter wishes to see her godmother over rule our parental rights
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Harris replied 8 months ago.
Hi, thank you for your question. How old is your daughter?Is the godmother the grandmother? If not, is there any other way they are related?
Expert:  Harris replied 8 months ago.
Hi, this question remains open. Please could you provide the requested information so that I can assist you.

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