IN THE COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION)
ON APPEAL FROM THE HIGH COURT
NORTHAMPTON COUNTY COURT
(HIS HONOUR JUDGE CORRIE)
B e f o r e :
MR JUSTICE LAWRENCE COLLINS
|H (A Child)|
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MR G ROGERS (instructed by Messrs Penmans, Coventry CV1 3DH) appeared on behalf of the 2nd Respondent
MR B COLEMAN (instructed by Coventry City Council, Coventry) appeared on behalf of the Local Authority
MR A NEAVES (instructed by Roberta McDonald Solicitor, Birmingham B13 9EZ) appeared on behalf of the 3rd Respondent
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Thursday, 12 December 2002
"... although Mr H has made some progress, he is still ambivalent in his acceptance of violence as a means of exerting control and that to some degree he continues to lack relapse skills for preventing anger expression."
"I would suggest that consideration be given to providing her with a more robust form of therapy in the near future, which could be accessed from a clinical psychologist in adult mental health services, via her GP."
"Both adults are in need of skilled group work or cognitive behavioural work to continue the process of change, alongside ongoing daily professional support.
I would suggest that existing or additional therapy requirements I have indicated would need to be in place and well established prior to any transfer to the community."
"On the 10th July 02 I wrote to Maureen McNamara explaining that psychology had declined my referral as they were unable to take on individual psychotherapy due to lack of funding.
I saw [the mother] on 24.7.02 when she was again depressed and tearful ... She felt this was related to her relationship with [the father] who she felt was too controlling she was accompanied by her social worker, Maureen McNamara who had arranged separate accommodation for her for a while. I again raised this issue of lack of psychological therapy and Mrs McNamara was to discuss this with Dr Mellor."
"I have been asked by other parties whether you have names and addresses of practitioners capable of undertaking the work which you have recommended for [the mother]."
"I am unable to name any sources in the Coventry area, although the usual route for cognitive behavioural therapy is via mental health services."
"The Psychotherapeutic services in Coventry have a two year waiting list and have frozen the list. They have also made a decision to improve the availability and efficiency of the service in future that they will not be offering individual psychotherapeutic services."
"I have contacted the link person responsible for commissioning in Coventry Health Services, Karen Corbett. She confirmed the information from the Psychological department and suggested that I contact the Psychological services in Birmingham to see if they have a place and the cost of the service. We can then make a request to the Health Service for the payment to meet unmet needs in Coventry."
"Dr Mellor in her reports has stated that the mother might benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy. Devon House is a psycho-dynamic psychotherapy services and does not offer this service."
So in effect whoever in the Coventry Mental Health Service had directed Coventry Social Services to Devon House had sent them knocking on the wrong door.
"Whether or not B is removed from this couple, the reality is that there is another child who may be affected if no work is completed with these parents. The key to protecting other children is the provision of the appropriate therapy and in giving the parents at least an opportunity to show that they can work towards changing their patterns of behaviour and care appropriately for their children. They have made some progress at Monkswood and are now willing to make changes and they have a good attachment to B which needs to be maintained when he reaches terrible two's. This is unlikely to happen without the therapy.
I am therefore requesting help to identify appropriate resources and funding to provide such therapy either through our own health resources or through provision of funding to another agency specialist ..."
"This is a difficult situation, and because this therapy was an outcome of court proceedings/child protection issues, health authority is saying that social service are responsible for funding."
"To justify removal at an interim stage must require real evidence of a risk of immediate harm not simply a speculative risk based upon comments made four months prior to the hearing."