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How old are your children, please?
Did you give written consent to them being taken to their dad's?
Have social services put them on child protection plans or anything like this?
OK, if they are on child protection there will be a social worker allocate and here should be a child protection conference.
Have you been allowed contact since they were placed with father?
OK, that's no good at all.
You need to ask the social worker to be clear about what they are doing, and if they have no further concerns then you should have your children back.
If this turns into a dispute between you and the father, you may have to go to the family court to enforce their return through the court order that you already have.
The point is that currently, as there is no court order and you have not signed anything to say that your children can be taken away, there is nothing legally to stop you simply taking them back home.
This would be potentially confrontational and upsetting for them though, if they were then removed again by social services but this time properly.
I would be clear with the social worker that they have not got your permission nor have they obtained a court order, and that you are seeking their return and will take legal action if necessary.
Then you need to make an complaint to the head of service at the local authority.
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