I’m assuming that you are named on the birth certificate or that you have parental responsibility by virtue of a court order.
If that’s the case, and there is no court order as to who the child should live with, then the child can live with either and the police should not get involved. Having said that, very often they do get involved when they shouldn’t.
If you keep the child, she will report it to the police and the police will get involved albeit that it may not go anywhere.
The primary concern is the child’s welfare and if you suspect there is neglect, you can of course refer the matter to Social Services and provided you have evidence of this neglect, you can make an emergency application to court for the child to come and live with you.
The difficulty for you is that although the child seems to want to live with you, moving from England to Scotland would be a big uproot it seems including school and therefore you would need some proposals as to what happens with school.
At 11 years of age, the court is not going to take that much notice of what a child wants because children at that age are relatively easy for a parent to manipulate.
Because of this alleged drug use, this should be immediately reported to Social Services. If there is another parent willing to take the child, then the child will not be taken into care.
At this stage because of the allegations you are making about not washing feeding and using drugs, you could make an emergency application to court for a temporary order pending a full hearing. In this respect, social services could be extremely useful to you.
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