Child returned to mother after judge blasts social workers

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A mother who was criticised for failing to meet the needs of her son by not taking him out for ice cream has been exonerated of any wrongdoing.

Mr Justice Mostyn, presiding over the case, upheld the mother’s appeal that her child should be taken out of care.

Social workers had told the court that the mother could not meet the needs of her son. But the Judge said the comments were “utterly insubstantial”.

Judge Mostyn said: “Her response was that until prompted by the local authority the mother had not spent sufficient one-to-one time with [the boy] and had failed on one occasion to take him out for an ice cream.

“This struck me as utterly insubstantial criticism.

“A further criticism in this vein was that the mother had failed to arrange for [his] hair to be cut in the way that he liked. Again, this is obviously inconsequential.”

The boy, who for legal reasons cannot be identified, will now be able to return to his mother under the supervision of social workers.

Board member for children’s services Glynog Davies: “Child care proceedings are emotive and challenging and, as is the case in all legal arguments, ultimately it is the court that makes the final decision.

“The summary of this case as reported is not a full reflection of the details of this case.

“Furthermore, the judgement dismissed not only the positions of the local authority, but also that of the court appointed guardian for the child and expert evidence.

“As a local authority, we will always act in what we consider to be the best interests of a child.”

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