How much contact

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David Roth
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Re: How much contact

Post by David Roth » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:52 pm

babylove, twice a week contact with parents would seem to be quite a high level to me, for children where an order has been made to say that they cannot live with their parents. However, it is hard to comment much without knowing about the individual circumstances.

The sort of questions I would have would be around what are the potential risks to the children of contact? How would that risk be managed? Would you be supported in managing the risks? In what way? What is going to be the children's understanding of having this high level of contact? Might it not raise expectations in the children of returning to mum, which are unlikely to be fulfilled?

If this SGO is being made through care proceedings, then the assumption would be that the threshold criteria have been met, that is to say that the children are suffering or are at risk of suffering significant harm, from their parents. That being the case, then contact is a matter that needs to be carefully considered.

Are CAMHS involved with the family at all? If so, it might be helpful to have their views on what would be an appropriate level of contact for these children. It would probably be helpful to get some sort of an independent view on what would be the right level of contact for the children, since at first reading it would seem that the social worker's is taking an unrealistic view of what the arrangement should be. I wonder whether the social worker is thinking first of the welfare of the children, or of what mum wants?

David R
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David Roth
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