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A High Court judge has blasted a social worker who claimed a mother was failing to meet her son's 'emotional needs' because she had not taken him for an ice cream or got his haircut in the style he wanted it.
Mr Justice Mostyn described the social worker's claims as 'utterly insubstantial' and 'obviously inconsequential' as reasons for the child to be separated from his mother in court today.
Case - High - Court - Judge - Family
The case was brought to the High Court after a lower-ranking judge at a family court hearing in Swansea ruled the boy, now eight, should be taken out of his mother's care and made to live with foster parents.
She then challenged the ruling at the High Court, with Mr Justice Mostyn ruling in her favour despite opposition for Carmarthenshire County Council. It was ruled the boy can return home with his care supervised by social services.
Witness - Statement - Carmarthenshire - County - Council
Analysing the 44-page witness statement from a Carmarthenshire county Council social worker, Mr Justice Mostyn described the evidence as 'very long on rhetoric' but 'very short' on examples of 'deficient' parenting.
Speaking at the Family Division of the High Court in London,...
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