Local authority ‘sued’ by five year old for neglect

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Legal action has been launched against a local authority on behalf of a five year-old boy and his siblings after social workers left them alone with drug addict parents.

Instead of being taken into foster accomodation, the unnamed boy, his older brother and two sisters all remained in the couple’s care, living in dirty conditions, despite multiple police visits to the family’s home.

According to reports, the parents frequently took cocaine and were violent towards each other in front of their children. They left the youngsters alone for long periods and refused to seek medical attention when one developed breathing difficulties. The boy’s older brother did not attend school for a whole year at one point.

But despite the family’s many problems, social workers at Swansea Council (formerly the City and County of Swansea Council) failed to act, media reports claim. The boy was eventually taken into care in 2013, but this was at least three years too late, government lawyers from the office of the Official Solicitor have claimed. They have launched legal action on behalf of the boy and his siblings, seeking £200,000 in damages for the social workers’ alleged failure to protect them from the “physical and emotional abuse and neglect [to] which they were subject in their family home”.

Legal papers filed by the lawyers reveal that the children’s parents had themselves been abused during their own childhoods and been cited on the local child protection register. They had a history of drug abuse and domestic violence stretching back years.

Photo of Swansea Council headquarters by Reading Tom via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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Devil's Advocate - February 8, 2017 at 3:35am

I know, lets get the requisite legislation from the Mexican and Brazilian judiciaries and naturally get them translated and notorised, so thete is no misinterpretation and lets ask Mrs. ‘No Mum May’ and Mrs. ‘Harriet the Rabid Feminist Hate all men Harmon’ to drive themselves to drivel out of this…cos that cant argue against scientific psychology and responsible parenting which obviously they are NOT.
Forward responible parents of psychological raped children and make action to change legislation to protect all our children from such DSM 5 Psychopaths and make legal the parity of the rights to be a parent in this country because at this moment it aint! At this time is onlly an assumption
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