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Please may I ask:
- is your granddaughter still living with your daughter?
- when is the next child protection review?
Thank you for confirming this for me.
This sounds like a very distressing time for your family and I do hope your granddaughter makes a speedy recovery.
It seems only reasonable that the meeting should moved to a different date if your daughter cant attend due to the her daughters hospitalisation. I would continue to press with the social worker for this to be adjourned. If no response is received from the social worker then contacting their office and asking for the team manager is advisable.
A child protection plan is one that is voted for by all the professionals. It is the plan that incorporates what work that your daughter needs to undertake and also the support that the local authority will offer the family. It seems right that whilst your granddaughter is recuperating that the local authority should be understanding of the position. The local authority would balance such a decision in light of any likelihood of harm but given the circumstances they are likely to be sympathetic.
The only way to successfully be removed from a CPP is by decision of the professionals. It is important that if your daughter considers that the appropriate care plan is in place to provide the support needed for this to happen. If your daughter feels that this is not the case then the appropriate forum to raise this is within the next review meeting.
Your daughter has to balance that the professionals have voted for the plan and therefore it is important that she engages with the plan so as to avoid the escalation of the matter by the local authority. That being said – whilst your granddaughter is hospitalised the progress of any plan will be limited.
I appreciate that matters are frustrating right now given the circumstances but it is important that the plan is complied with so as to avoid any escalation. It is not possible to remove the plan with the professionals consensus. I do consider that a reassuring chat with the social work manager prior to the admission would be a positive thing. Then for the concerns to be voiced at the next review meeting.
Let me know if I can help you further.
Just seen your attachment.
Does your daughter accept that she has spoken about cancer in front of your granddaughter? If she does - its not unreasonable for this to be in the plan as it would worry a child to hear such words being said.
I do have every sympathy as this must be a very difficult time.
It’s a real balancing act when children social care are involved.
The plan is voted by professionals which gives it real weight.
You know that your daughter is not going to breach that part of the plan in respect of using the word cancer.
The problem you have is that if the LA believe there is no compliance with a plan then they could seek to issue care proceedings. This is really to be avoided at all costs.
This doesn’t mean that concerns cannot be voiced – but this needs to be handled in a manner that does not communicate non compliance but an approach of being in your granddaughters best interest. That cant be criticised.
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Bless you for your kind comments.
I would have liked to have been able to give you different information but its so tricky in these situations not to make the situation worse even with the best intentions.
I do wish you all the best and all the best to your granddaughter for a speedy recovery.