A family court judge has called out a council for acting with ‘subterfuge and immediacy’ for illegally removing a child from her parents.
The comments represent the latest within a growing number of judgments calling out councils for illegal and unethical behaviour in their practices of social care and forced adoption.
Gloucesteshire county council finally apologised to the parents after a hearing in which Judge Stephen Wildblood set out an astounding list of errors, which included:
- Failing to place the child, who was under two at the time, with her father in the event of removal from her mother, as set out in the care order
- Taking 6 weeks to return the baby to the mother, who was breastfeeding at the time
- Breaching their legal duty to give parents 14 days’ notice prior to removing their child
- Failing to seek legal advice despite having a strong feeling that the removal…
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