Her Honour Rowe QC considered this case, where a Local Authority removed a child and placed the child in foster care when at the time, the mother knew nothing about it. It is a decision by a Circuit Judge and thus not any new binding law, but it is interesting and potentially important nonetheless.
Re AS (unlawful removal of a child) 2015
In this case, both the mother and father had mental health problems. On the 9th October 2014, the mother suffered a significant episode of mental ill-health. She arranged for a neighbour to look after her son who was aged 9, and to take him to school. She called an ambulance to take her to hospital.
She was admitted to hospital and was detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act. She was not told until 16th October by letter (!) that Brent had removed her son from…
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