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Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Mother who moved to Ireland after social workers safety concerns has boy removed from her care

Written by Brian Farmer

A woman who three years ago left her home in Wales when four months pregnant and travelled to Ireland after social workers raised safety concerns has had her son taken from her care.

Staff at the Child and Family Agency in Ireland had also become concerned about the boy's safety after the woman gave birth in Ireland during the summer of 2015.

Judges in Ireland had decided that the boy had a "particular connection" with Wales and concluded that his future should be decided at court hearings in England or Wales.

A judge based in the Family Division of the High Court in London has now decided that the boy, who had gone into temporary care in Ireland, should be placed for adoption.

Detail has emerged in a written ruling published by Mr Justice Williams following a recent private hearing.

The judge has ruled that the boy, who is now three, cannot be named, and has not identified the council with welfare responsibilities.

He said the boy's father did not have parental responsibility for him.

Mr Justice Williams said evidence showed that adoption was the best and "only realistic" option for the boy.

The woman had left Wales shortly after another judge decided that her older son should be placed for adoption.

Social workers had intervened after that boy suffered injuries while at home.

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