Care for disabled child had “become too much” for grandparents, rules family court

A disabled child has been placed for adoption after a court ruled that her grandparents were no longer able to care for her, a report has revealed.

Presiding over the case, Judge Elizabeth Williscroft described the case as a “tragedy”.

The Family Court heard how the 11-year-old girl has “complex health needs” and the grandparents had developed a “difficult and confrontational relationship with professionals”, which “undermined the care that the child should have received.

Social workers argued that the girl was at risk of “significant harm” if she continued to stay in the care of her grandparents.

Judge Williscroft agreed that the task of her care had “become too much” for the couple.

“I consider the capacity of grandparents to care for her has become limited,” she said in her judgment.

The judge ruled that social services should now determine where the child lives.

Neither the family nor council were named in the private family court hearing.

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Alison Green
Alison joined Mackrell Turner Garrett in 1989 and qualified as a solicitor in 1991, becoming a partner in the firm in 2010. Her expertise covers matrimonial work, including divorce and the associated financial and children issues; pre and post-nuptial agreements; co-habitation disputes; civil partnership agreements and the breakdown of civil partnerships.
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