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|M1 (aka M2)||Respondent|
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The Assessments in this Case
"In my view, M1's parenting is at the lower edge of good enough. There is no room for deterioration, but substantial room to move things forward in a positive direction. I think M1 does have the capacity to change and has made some limited progress already. For example if, as she has claimed, she has listened to the advice of professionals and is acting against her own experience in relation to smacking and has abandoned this as a means of discipline, this is a significant step forward.
In other areas change has waxed and waned, but she now needs to show better consistency. She also needs to be less provoking in the statement she is reported to have made, for example, about reading books upside down to C, because these raise anxieties for professionals and do not facilitate a good enough relationship.
I have recommended non-statutory resources of parenting support is more likely to be effective for M1. She has a role in locating a source or sources to support herself. Regular involvement over the next year to help, problem solve, difficulties in parenting as these arise could greatly assist to make change secure. One committed worker who aimed to build a trusting relationship with M1 would be ideal. The continuity of one person assisting would also ensure that problems were not concealed or minimised, but instead each could be dealt with immediately."
FSW1, a family support worker, was appointed subsequently to help the mother.
"It is also worth pointing out that she has behaved in an extremely abnormal manner in relation to her three year old son, C. She has unrealistic expectations of his behaviour, for example:
- expects him to be able to feed himself, dress himself, give himself medication and nebulisers which are not prescribed;
- behave in an age inappropriate fashion, for example, four different languages before the age of three.
She also has unrealistic expectation of his intellectual capacities, despite the fact that he is barely able to speak. There is also evidence of intergrational transmission of abnormal health beliefs, i.e. her own beliefs about fruit and vegetable phobia have been translated into a belief that C cannot cope with solids. As a result, he is on a semi-liquid diet."
- Abnormal personality characteristics.
- Gross inconsistencies in her account of her developmental and medical history, i.e. her description of her autobiography.
- Peripatetic existence with frequent changes of hospital and addresses.
- Repeated attempts to have her shoulder and legs operated on, despite evidence that there is no serious underlying disease process. When her wishes are opposed, she resorts to extreme solutions (for example, she says that she will cut off her arm with a chainsaw).
- Demands radical interventions including amputation for her legs and shoulder which are unnecessary. She becomes abusive when her demands are not met.
- Inconsistent account of her history with evidence of publications and untruths saying, for example, that she had previously worked as a nurse in Romford and the Royal Free Hospital.
- Gross exaggerations of aspects of her history, which on occasions amounts to psuedologia fantastica (i.e. pathological lying). For example, saying that she has nursing qualifications, A-Levels, etc. She also said that she returned to the US to study a degree in business in the letter dated 3rd June and (another example) she also said that, in 2007, she needed twelve sessions in theatre for her legs that were broken in numerous places.
I do not continue detailing that paragraph of Dr. Bass' report. It is to be found in para.8.9 (E116).