(Sitting at Newcastle on Tyne)
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|NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY COUNCIL||Applicant|
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|(3) The children||Respondents|
MS M SWEETING appeared on behalf of the First Respondent.
MR K PATTERSON appeared on behalf of the Second Respondent.
MS K FENWICK appeared on behalf of the children.
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(a) The children have suffered chronic neglect and suffered emotional harm.
(b) Relationship between the parents: There was domestic abuse and some violence in the relationship between LA and NW to which the children were exposed.
(c) Substance misuse : NW accepts he has consumed excessive alcohol, used drugs and also used heroin in addition his methadone prescription.
(d) Home conditions were very poor : the Father accepts this and the Mother accepts that because of problems in the relationship she gave up and home conditions were unacceptable from time to time.
(e) Boundaries and behaviour management. : the Mother accepts that she struggled to manage KP's behaviour but does not accept that she did not set boundaries.
(f) the Father engaged KP in his offending behaviour.
(g) Mental health: the Father and the Mother each accept they have mental health problems. The Mother has recently sought treatment.
(h) the Father and Mother accept that they have not always been open and honest with the LA. It has hampered efforts to alleviate the harm the children suffered and were likely to suffer.
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