I recently went to court in a private family law situation- ran and orchestrated by a social worker, I lost my son to his father who has been absent for most of his life and shy of responsibility, I had problems with my son and he gefan to tell big lies everytime his father rejected him, these ranged from physical to sexual, none were aimed at me but opened several investigations, the final was aimed at me that he had been beaten.
I never went to the polce to be questioned just an informal chat at my home over a coffee, that was the end of it.
My son was given to his father whilst this was undertaken and his father never returned him.
I was very upset and tried to contact the social worker who said I had to wait and couldn't see my son.
4 months later I received acphone call from a different social worker who was very kind, explained my son had been assaulted by his father, told me to expect him to be taken into care, she said she would call me again.
She did, she was disgusted that my son was kept with his father and said it was the choice of the social worker, she offered to come and see me in her own time.
She did, she told me to get everything in court, as a mother she said the truth would out.
The day after the assault which the police said should be a minimum common assault and criminal damage the social worker asked the local authority to pay a cheque for the father for private law, he was under a sec47 at the time.
I went to court armed with all the data about my son that was sent.
The courts asked each party to respond to both section 47 reports, my legal team and ny barrister requested the report regarding myself, he was told it would be sent to my solicitors office.
Weeks past and no report.
We asked for the paediatricians report, this also didn't come, the local authority said it was lost.
I have since found there was no section 47 on myself just the father and that was never completed, they still say the other reports were lost, I had them from my gp and they had no comparison to the social workers report.
In private law all I did was answer to a social worker who as a witness sat through the whole case and refused to answer any questions which weren't in her last report.
3 hearings the last two days long, the court app, the applications all filled out by a social worker who I can prove done nothing but lie.
I have been labelled by magistrates as an alcoholic with violent tendencies in denial and fully guilty of an assault which the police saw as not even worth an official questioning under caution and a report which is nothing as my son had said at all.
I lost my son, carry my label and am refused access as without any independent advocate to ask my sons feelings.
Looking through the data, the social worker, newly qualified stated within 5 days of taking my sons case and hadn't even visited my home said she did not support him living with me, there then followed systematic destruction of my once happy family unit, to top it all I was even accused of being sexually involved with my eldest son at the time 20.
I don't have any idea what I should do, I have all the proof all in documents from the local authority.
The local authority still claim to trying to find tge section 47 papers which their paralegals have since emailed my solicitor to state it never existed but the children's services department keep lying even now.
I was sent a photo of my son at a local pool, his back and arms terribly bruised, I tried to report and the social worker stopped the enquiry, even shown the photo she said she couldn't see anything.
All I can say is god help us in the south west,the council being paid to have newly qualified social workers better trained and not in court for the first 12 months or have work loads, our government subsidies each of them to the local authority- a shambles of a program doomed to fail and risk Devons children.
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