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HER HONOUR JUDGE CAMERON:
"We find it inconceivable that all of these reports were recorded inaccurately. We are satisfied that there has been ongoing domestic violence between mother and Mr. B and that the children would have been aware of this and affected by it."
"We are satisfied that she has failed to co-operate with all the professionals involved and she does not recognise what has gone wrong in the past and what needs doing to put it right."
CHALLENGE TO ISW REPORT
"It is not my fault that I do not get the kids to school. It is not my fault that the DVLA took my dad's van away with my belongings. It was not my fault that I was burgled. It was not my fault that I had problems with Sure Start. It was not my fault that G had bronchitis. I am being blamed for everything."
"I realise now where I went wrong. I have totally now come to terms with my poor parenting. I should have given the children better."
"The children have experienced a most difficult childhood and will require space, a secure environment and experienced parenting in order to overcome their difficulties. It is doubtful that even if mother co-operated with the Local Authority that she would be able to make the necessary changes in time for the children. The mother requires long term, multifaceted work in order to address her own emotional needs and vulnerabilities. She has suffered from most traumatic life experiences…."
Pausing there, I record that the mother has just left Court. I continue:
"…rejection from her mother and a high level of violence from at least two of her partners. She was described by her former social worker as not being in touch with reality. She is convincing when relating experiences and incidents that are clearly untrue."
So Miss Bailey concluded that mother was wholly unable to acknowledge past mistakes and continues to fabricate statements.
"I have not had sight of Ms T's drug test results which were due to be filed on 5th July 2013. On 16th May 2013 Mr. B and Miss T said they continued to use cannabis during the proceedings. I believe this illustrates their lack of understanding of the Local Authority issues about their ability to be emotionally available to the children and prioritise the children's needs above their own. During the interview Ms T was argumentative and walked out of the interview on several occasions when Mr. B or I disagreed with her point of view.
Whilst I have no doubts that Ms T deeply loves her children and Mr B loves G they are unable to demonstrate that they have the capacity to work with professionals and care for the children at this stage. Ms T does not cope with criticism and denial appears to be her defence mechanism."
The Adoption Application
"Justice must never be sacrificed on the altar of speed. Can the Court be totally satisfied that adoption is the only option because it is of course a serious matter, a lifelong decision which has that effect of entirely severing the parental ties to the child?"
DECISION ON ANY CHANGES
"I have a letter from my doctor stating that I do not need multifaceted therapy for my depression as I was only diagnosed with depression after the removal and subsequent adoption of my youngest children last October and have made very large steps and am now in a very positive place in my life."
"Please see Exhibit B."
There is no exhibit to her statement at all. Having checked with the mother – because she has been allowed those extra three or four weeks or so – and checked also with the Local Authority and checked the Court files there is no statement or report from a doctor at all. Indeed, the mother has accepted that. Nothing has been forthcoming. This of course is her application and therefore her responsibility is to put in any document, or any evidence that she would wish the Court to consider. I am afraid there is nothing from her doctor at all. That really is quite a big gap in her case today as I find and has not done her case any good service at all.
AVTS REF: 6137/H4892