This blog is aware of a young single mum - we'll refer to her as 'C' - who is under the surveillance of Plymouth Social Services.
Here only crimes are 1) disagreeing with the doctors over something which was not a life and death situation 2) leaving her baby unattended for half an hour because she had to attend an emergency nearby 3) living in a run down and dirty flat - she has since moved - and 4) to quote Social Services themselves, "spending too much time in the library" - maybe she wants to better herself through learning... gosh what a terrible thought!
For these crimes against children she was reported to the SS by a nuisance neighbour and now, guess what? She's in grave danger of losing the child 'Z'.
Upon hearing of her plight a few months ago personnel attached to this blog made urgent arrangements to move mother and baby to a safe haven in another part of the country to prevent the SS from snatching the child.
However, in the end she thought she'd face the music and risked returning to Plymouth. Since then she has navigated the awkward line of partly accepting Social Services 'support' and partly making her own decisions.
How long this will continue is uncertain but, were it not for the debacle of the real child abuse going on at the Social Services Approved Little Ted's Nursery, and the inevitable drain on the Local Authority, not to mention the embarrassment that one of their own approved establishments was a haven for abuse, they would probably have taken Z into 'care' already.
C will just have to hope that the massive damage-limitation exercise presently underway in Plymouth is sufficient to distract the authority from innocent little single mums for a while.
The public need to know that, in the crazy world of the Family Court, a mum can lose her child for up to nine months on the basis of mere suspicion. All the state has to prove is "reasonable grounds to believe" a "risk of significant harm" - that's what the law says.
Be Wise People!