“A Charter for Grandchildren” would have saved this child from 4-1/2 years of abuse. The grandparents were not believed by social services.
20th November 2009
We have sad and good news concerning a child of six years of age. The child has been the subject of decisions by the legal profession and under the supervision of CAFCASS and the Social Services for over four and a half years during which the child has been on the Child Protection Register most of that time. The Child and Family Service plus other agencies have discussed the welfare of this child at core and child case conferences and are agreed that the child suffers from emotional abuse in the home, however the child has always complained and alleged physical abuse and the father has defended his child’s accusations.
These concerns of the father have carried no weight nor gained any support from neither Social Services nor CAFCASS as it was reported that the child was only making these accusations to get attention. The father was accused of using the child’s allegation to support his case for residency. The paternal grandparent’s house has been used twice by the Social Services in the last six months as a safe house for the child, resulting in the mother and step father stopping contact with their grandchild.
The paternal grandparents themselves brought the child’s allegations of physical abuse to the attention of the Social Services and other child agencies including politicians both national and local, but they were accused of only wanting to support their son’s case for residency.
The evidence that the child’s father’s family had was bruising and injuries over a lengthy period that the child claimed were the result of physical abuse at home and some of this evidence had been brought to attention of the child’s paternal grandparents by the local hospital’s A&E department. However the social Service and CAFCASS reports stated that the injuries the child complained about could have been the result of playing accidents. The official line was that the child’s injuries could not be determined as far as trauma was concerned but it could not be ruled out either.
This came to a head this week when the child again complained of being hit in the house and had supportive evidence of a badly bruised temple as evidence. On this occasion the child reported the incident to her teacher and was referred by the school to social Services who investigated the allegations thoroughly and during their investigations the child was kept safe in an independent house and was not in contact with her father or his family. They only knew about this incident when they were contacted by the Social Services and the child placed in their care. The child is now happy and safe.
The moral and significance of this case is, had their been a “Charter for Grandchildren” in place and had that charter been mandatory for the Children’s Agencies then the paternal grandparents concerns would have been taken more seriously and not as they were dismissed because it was thought by the agencies that the grandparents had a different agenda other than the safety of their grandchild.
At last the Social Services took the right decision by keeping the child independently safe while they made their investigations into what the child was alleging. Now the truth about the child’s abuse is in the public domain the family wonder what the legal implications of this will be.
Grandparents Apart UK
22 Alness Crescent
Glasgow G52 1PJ
0141 882 5658