A Family Court Judge has praised the “significant changes” made by parents during care proceedings.
The report, published by trade publication Community Care, found that a local authority had withdrawn its recommendation that a child be removed into care after a significant turnaround by the parents.
Judge Lynch, presiding over the case, said the authority had told the court that the parents’ progress meant it no longer believed the five-month-old baby should be removed from the parent’s care.
The council subsequently downgraded its recommendation to a supervision order.
The court heard how the authorities expressed concern over the welfare of the child after the mother’s drinking, risk of domestic abuse, housing issues, and lack of engagement with services was revealed.
However, the Judge said the circumstances had “improved considerably” over the course of the care proceedings and things had “turned out very well” for the family.
“I have read carefully the social worker’s final statement and her assessment of the parents. She says that there have been no worries at all about the care which [he] has received from his parents during the time this court case has been going on,” she said.
“The parents have worked well with the local authority and have clearly made significant changes in their life since their son’s birth.”
Judge Lynch added that the mother’s monitoring bracelet showed “no evidence” of alcohol consumption, and that the family had worked closely with services during the proceedings.
“I very much hope they will be able to continue to do so, knowing that the result of the changes they have made has been their son being able to grow up in their care,” she said.
“So many parents are unable to make the changes their children need, and judges such as me sadly often end up removing children from their families, so for me it has been a delight to deal with this case and for it to end as it has.”