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Non-Accidental

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:39 pm
by Dunjamon
Looking for some general advice from anyone in my position. My 6 month old daughter has been placed with my brother after a hellish week and a half. Last Sunday she knocked her knee/leg on the laminate flooring at home and it's caused a fracture. Now I understand that this should not have caused the damage it did...but that's what happened. From the moment we entered a&e they mentioned non-accidental and have been working to have her removed from our care. There have been a number of mistakes that have led to us having to stay in the hospital for almost 10 days before anything has happened.

My questions relate to the investigation that will now take place. We have not really been told much, but are generally confused as to what will happen should no evidence be found. We can't prove that this was an accident and the police will not be able to find any evidence of any wrong doing. No-one on either side of the family has a background of anything, but would that ultimately result is us having to give up our daughter for good?

Re: Non-Accidental

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:52 am
by Dunjamon
Things have not been getting any better. My brother and sister-in-law were not able to cope and so my daughter is now with a foster family. Our hands are well and truely tied in the whole situation. I've had to come back to work so cannot even go to the arranged contact meetings, and my wife will soon be on unpaid leave to be able to see her. It's almost as if we are the only family stuck in this mess. Social services are an endless supply of "we don't know" and when we asked about contact on weekend or evenings we were simply told most people in this situation don't work and social services only work Mon-Fri 9-4. The system is a joke!

Where do we turn for any help?

Re: Non-Accidental

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:54 pm
by Suzie, FRG Adviser
Dear Dunjamon,

Welcome to the Parent’s Forum and I am sorry for the delay in responding to your posts. I am sorry to hear that your daughter has suffered an injury which medical professionals are worried might be non accidental. This has meant you have had to be separated from your daughter until children services have a better idea how the injury might have happened. No doubt this will be a very traumatic for you and for your daughter.

The investigation will be a joint investigation by the police and children services. The police’s role is to find out whether there is evidence that a criminal offence has been committed. At the end of their investigation they will decide whether to prosecute.
Children’s services will also be assessing your daughter’s needs and your parenting capacity, the environment you live in and family support. The police investigation will feed into the decisions being made by children services.
Here is information about children’s services assessments. .

It is very likely that there will be care proceedings. Here is our advice sheet about care proceedings .

During the care proceedings, the court will be deciding two things:

1)whether your daughter suffered significant harm due to the parenting you and mum gave her,
2)where can you daughter live. Either back with you and/or mum; or with any family or friend or connected person; or long term foster care or must she be adopted?
In case she cannot return to you and mum, it is very important that you think of people in your network (in the UK or abroad) who could be assessed to care for her long term. You could ask for a family group conference to help look for both support for you and for carers. See our advice sheet 3 about FGC's.

You say “we can’t prove that the injury was accidental” and that the police would not be able to prove that you or mum are guilty of wrong doing.
However, during an investigation, not only will you and mum be interviewed and assessed, experts will also be instructed. for example, different medical experts will examine your daughter’s medical records, the statements given by you and mum and any other evidence. They will be asked to advise about the injury. There may be other expert reports such as you and mum having psychological assessments.

Sometimes, the medical experts may decide the injury was non-accidental but then the police cannot decide who (parents, child minder) might have injured a child. So the police would struggle to get a conviction against one person and may close their case.
It will then be up to family court to decide during a fact finding hearing how a child suffered the injury and if it was non- accidental, who may have caused it.

For a detailed discussion about how courts deal with allegations of non- accidental injury please have a look at the Child Protection resource .

Your contact with your daughter

If your daughter is subject to an interim care order or care order, your daughter will be entitled to reasonable contact with you.

Given children services suspect the injury is non- accidental, they may want your contact to be supervised by a social worker or a trained supervisor rather than a family member, which may limit the times available for contact. Have they explained why they cannot supervise contact at other times? Have a look at our tips about contact on page of advice sheet contact with children in care.

As a parent, there are flexible working provisions that may help you have contact during the week. Speak to Working families .org.

You ask where to turn to for help. You have a right to a legally aided solicitor. You need one who specialised in child care law. It would be most helpful for you to have a solicitor who has experience in cases where non accidental injury is alleged.

Parents accused have helpful advice on their website and an advice line.
The child protection resource-linked above is very helpful.

If you need further advice, please post again or call our advice line on 0808 801 0366.

Best wishes,
Suzie

Re: Non-Accidental

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:09 pm
by Twinmumma
Hi just wondered how you were getting on? We’re on a similar situation. Took LG to hospital after she woke in agony not moving her leg. X rays normal. She had an MRI a week later which found a bone infection. She was admitted for a weeks antibiotics. A an other x Ray hays showed it was improving. We were sent home. Then 5 days later got a call to take the girls in (twins) as the last x Ray was really reviewed and showed a healing fracture. It was 3 weeks later and we can’t remember anything specifically that happened but the girls bith roll and wriggle on nappy changes so wondered if it happened then. I’m so scared what’s going to happen as neither me or husband did this thank you x

Re: Non-Accidental

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:00 pm
by Suzie, FRG Adviser
Dear Twinmumma

Welcome to the Parents Discussion board and thank you for your post. My name is Suzie, FRG’s online adviser. I am sorry to hear about your daughter’s injury; there is a concern that it may have been non-accidental. I am also sorry for the delay in responding to you.

You are hoping for an update from another parent who posted about a possible non-accidental injury to their child. Perhaps they or another parent will be able to share some information or advice from their experience or provide an update.

You don’t ask a specific question but are understandably distressed and worried about the possible outcome.

I hope that the information I provided to the previous parent will help you understand a bit more about the process including how the court makes a decision. The advice sheets and websites linked to in that response should be relevant to your situation too.

It is most important that you work closely with your solicitor who can best advise you on your specific situation and that you also engage with the social worker for your daughters. You should involved family members too as early as possible so that they can be assessed as potential carers for your daughters if needed.

If you want to discuss your situation with an adviser please call our freephone advice line on 0808 801 0366, Mon to Fri, 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 pm. Or you can post again if you have a specific query or the situation has moved on and you need advice on this.

With best wishes

Suzie