SS removing son from our care
Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:34 pm
Hi, we awoke a couple of Saturdays ago to find that our son had massive swelling to the side of his head. Rushed him to hospital and to cut a long story short he was diagnosed with a skull fracture and bleed on the brain. We were told social services would be involved because we were not sure how he had done it and the local hospital notified them. He was transferred hospital to one specialising in head injuries and soon after arriving at the new hospital SS and 2 police officers turned up. At this point we had been awake 17 hours and stressed out of our minds and were not thinking straight. The SS worker and the police spoke to us huddled around our poor sons cot and when we asked the SS what the procedure was she very quickly got to the part about how she could take our child away. When she could see my wife was visibly upset all she said was “well you wanted to know”. Thinking we were doing the right thing we signed the article 47 document which meant while in hospital we had to have supervision 24-7 and that when discharged he would go into the care of his aunty and uncle. During this whole process we kept asking doctors what sort of force could have caused the fracture and all we got told that it was significant. The only fall he had was a small fall at his grand parents place. However when at the strategy meeting the doctors said that the fracture could of been caused by a small fall if it hit the right part of the skull. This fits the timeline perfectly as he did have a fall at his grandparents place the day before but even though we told the doctors this multiply times we didn’t put to much emphases on it as we were told it had to be significant force. It has now been 12 days since first arriving in hospital and not much has really been done on the case by SS and the police. We are still in hospital with and unrelated illness to our son (he has a liver disease) so struggling to find 24-7 cover as we do not want to leave our 9 month old son alone. I understand why the process is in place but feel like innocent families are being ripped apart because of it. While SS are following some of there processes and procedures they seem to change some other parts to suit them, like the way we add supervisors to our list. Our supervisors haven’t even be told what their role and responsibility are! All they have to do is get a police check, sign the sheet and away you go, makes an absolute joke of the system. They tell us they want what is best for our son but in the whole 12 days the most time the social worker has spent with him and us together as a family is a maximum of ten minutes. All they seem to be doing is a tick box exercise and don’t really care what they are doing to us as a family. Really can’t believe we are in this situation when we have don’t nothing wrong. Due to our sons liver disease he is constantly seen by doctors and health care professionals and they all comment on how good he is doing which is down to the love and care that we are giving him but none of this seems to be taken into consideration when deciding to take our son out of our care. I know they say it is voluntary but it really does not seem that way as the only other option seems to be forced removal. Any ideas or help you could offer to try and bring our nightmare to a close is greatly appreciated.