A four-year-old girl will continue living with her grandparents
even though it may put her at risk of sexual abuse after her
council lost its battle to take her into care at London’s civil
appeal court last week.
A county court judge had made an order for the girl to live with
her grandparents after her parents were accused of sexually abusing
her. The council argued that there was an “ingrained pattern of
sexual abuse in the family”, and that the grandparents could not
protect the girl from her parents, who live only 20 minutes’ walk
The grandmother had failed to protect the girl in the past and
might do so again in the future, the council claimed. She had also
failed to notice when her own son, the girl’s father, was abused by
an uncle when he was a child, the council alleged.
The girl’s three older sisters have already been taken into care
because of sexual and physical abuse.
The girl will remain with her grandparents under close
supervision by the council.