Welcome to the parents’ discussion board.
Thank you for posting again regarding the ongoing involvement with your family of children’s services and the police. It is understandably a very difficult time for you and your husband. It appears that you did not get a response to your earlier post and I apologise for the oversight.
Children’s services took the case to an initial child protection conference the outcome of which was for the children to be placed on child in need plans. They could have suggested from the beginning that your husband should not be in the home but have not done so.
The outcome of the police interview with your husband will be important as the initial level 1 investigation you said revealed nothing. It is true that children’s services do not need your husband to be convicted of the offence and, even if the police decide to take no further action, their concerns regarding your children’s welfare will remain as their role is about safeguarding the children. Children’s services could, if they believe your husband poses a risk to your children because of their particular needs, carry out a risk assessment to decide on the level of risk which could be high, medium or low.
What children’s services will want to be sure of is that you are able to protect the children and keep them safe whilst their father is in the home. You are probably already doing this under the child in need plan. Here is our advice sheet relating to Family support
Hopefully, it will not come to a position where children’s services will suggest that your husband cannot be in the home. You will need to wait and see what happens when he meets with the police.
Our advice sheet relating to Child protection procedures
gives more information about how a child protection plan works should children’s services decide to go down that route.
As your husband has a disability, if it was suggested that he should leave the family home, then he should be able to have housing sorted out for him. Hopefully, it will not come to the point where this will happen. He would also be entitled to have support from the adult disability team to help him with his day to day needs.
You may want to ask the social worker to explain what further action is likely to be taken following the police interview since you already have child in plan in place. The social worker should also be able to tell you what they would expect of you and your husband to do to satisfy them that the children will be safe at home.
Should you wish to speak to an adviser, please telephone our free, confidential advice line on 0808 801 0366. The advice line is open from 9.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday.
I hope you find this helpful.