IN THE MATTER OF THE
CHILDREN ACT 1989
AND IN THE MATTER OF W (A CHILD)
B e f o r e :
| NEATH PORT TALBOT CBC
|- and –
- and –
- and –
(BY HER GUARDIAN)
- and –
D AND E
SITTING AT NEWPORT (GWENT) CIVIL AND FAMILY COURT
Crown Copyright ©
Neath and Port Talbot CBC represented by Mr Tolson QC
B (Mother) represented by Lorna Meyer QC
C (Father) represented by Sian Parry
Mr D and Mrs E (Paternal Grandparents) in person
A (Through her Children's Guardian Elin Elias) represented by Ruth Henke QC.
The actions of the mother around bruising sustained by A in July 2013;
The motivation behind Mother lying (accepted by her) to the Local Authority about whether a male friend, Mr Z, had spent a period of time (and overnight) at her home.
The reaction of Mother to a request by the paternal family that A attend her cousin's christening.
Bruising in July
• That C was a weak and immature man. He had failed to acknowledge any responsibility for the situation that he found himself in.
• The Paternal Grandparents had at times tried to make up for the failings of their son. They were alert to his failures and hurt by them. They had over-indulged their son and relieved him of his responsibilities. The Paternal Grandmother was torn between trying to parent her son and protect the welfare of A.
• The Maternal Grandparents had no conception of any risk posed by their daughter to their granddaughter. They were described as naïve and incapable of challenging B. She was found to be manipulative of them.
21st February 2014
Handed down 28th February 2014