Hi, thank you for your message. The starting point will be to understand why the carer thought you were pushing your mother and what investigations have been done in regards to the allegations. You also need to know what was discussed in her interview with the police and social services. I would advise that you find a solicitor in your area to represent you and attend any interviews going forward. You should not attend any interviews with the police or social services without a solicitor present as anything you say or do not say can be used against you should the matter go further. It will be very important for you to have a solicitor present who can advise you on the law and procedure. You can find a solicitor through the law society using this function: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/ (you will be able to search by area of expertise and location).
Unfortunately, if social services are concerned about your mothers safety at home they will need to keep her in a safe environment which includes a care home, but if she is of sound mind they cannot keep her against her will. As they have told her she can leave anytime she wants it appears they do not have concerns about her capacity to understand the situation and she should be able to leave if she wants to. In order to protect yourself and take the matter further you will need to:
1) Instruct a solicitor to represent you using the link above
2) Have the solicitor review all the evidence for and against your case
3) Instruct a solicitor to draft a complaint letter to the social services department involved using their complaint procedure
4) If this is unsuccessful the solicitor can help you draft a letter to the ombudsman
5) As a last resort take the matter to court for a judge to resolve the matter
You might be able to find a pro bono lawyer by attending a LawWorks Clinic. The LawWorks Clinics Network is a network of free legal advice sessions that LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group) supports. For more information and to find a network near you please visit the following website: https://www.lawworks.org.uk/legal-advice-individuals/find-legal-advice-clinic-near-you
You could also visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau ( For more information please visit: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/) or Personal Support Unit for advice about a legal problem (For more information please visit: https://www.thepsu.org/).
You can get help with court fees if you are on low income. Please visit this link for more information: https://www.gov.uk/get-help-with-court-fees
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