Social workers have been praised for “going the extra mile” in care proceedings where they were hounded by a child’s paternal grandfather.
A Facebook campaign against social workers led by the grandfather of a child who was eventually placed for adoption called social workers “baby/child traffickers who are operating in Southampton”, and “evil baby stealing bastards”.
Judge Helen Black praised the social workers, however, and said they remained professional despite the “abusive and cowardly” campaign.
The unnamed local authority in the case had concerns about the parents’ violent past, the father’s convictions for sexual assault and allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour. It also had “well-documented concerns about the neglectful parenting that both parents had subjected their first child to”.
‘Secret Family Court’
The second child, referred to as C, was placed for adoption with both of the parents’ consent after the assessment process. They had had an older child placed for adoption previously, and although the mother was making progress in a mother and baby foster placement, she told the local authority she would rather C was adopted.
The paternal grandfather of the two children named social workers on Facebook pages and alleged that the “Secret Family Court” wanted to traffic children for money.
Judge Black said: “The social workers in this case have gone the extra mile to support this mother in caring for her child. They have done that against the backdrop of persistent allegations and abuse from the paternal family. They have however remained professional throughout and have remained focused on trying to support this mother in caring for her child. It is important that is recorded. It was not their decision to separate this child from her baby, it was the mother’s choice, supported by the father.”
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