A woman with a “very significant” learning disability has lost the latest round of a legal fight over the care of her two children. These are always very difficult cases to deal with but don't always lead to the removal of the child or children from their parent or parents.
Two court of appeal judges have backed a family court judge’s decision and concluded that the pair, a boy aged 11 and a seven-year-old girl, should go into long-term foster care.
Details of the case have emerged in a ruling by Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the high court, and Lord Justice McFarlane, after a hearing in the court of appeal in central London.
Social workers said they had been concerned for a number of years that the children were being neglected and “failing to thrive”. Judge Richard Melville had analysed evidence at a private family court hearing in Plymouth and concluded that the children were being “dragged and held back” and were likely to suffer significant harm. The woman challenged that decision in the appeal court.