Thank you for your response.
Please accept my apologies for my delay in responding to you.
There is a clear need for suport for your grandson given the circumstances.
The worry that I have is that if the placement with you, being his granparents, is not sustainable, and the risk to his other siblings aswell as the mothers issues are too great then foster care might have to be conisdered as an option in the future, if there are no other options or relatives that can care.
In relation to the current position, it is important that it is raised at the next child protection meeting as to the ongoing issues with your grandsons behaviour.
It does not sound like the police have been involved in your case and it is clear that you are trying to help in difficult circumstances.
You can certainy ask the local authority to provide extra help and support to assist you to care for your grandson. It is after all the local authorities main role to try and keep children within their birth families, when it is feasible to do so. For dealing with such difficult behaviour you need to be asking for the help of a family support worker to undertake some work with you all in respect of dealing with difficut behaviour.
Dependant on your grandsons presentation generally, including at school, then it may quite well be that further intervention is required in respect of his management. You need to explore all avenues including speaking to his GP about the specialist support that might be availabe for him in your area so that a referral can be made. The school may also be able to offer him counselling and support.
If the placement with you both does continue and it is later envisaged to become a long term placement - then you might want to consider putting the local authority on notice that you want to be his special guardians. This would involve an application to the court once you have given the local authority 3 months notice but taking such an action and obtaining such an order would mean that a support plan would be offered to you. This is not only just monetary payments each month but also a holistic package which can include respite etc.
Let me know if I can help yoou further or clarify anything for you.
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