Cambridgeshire County Council v P  EWFC B39 (11 May 2016)
This case looked at a care order and placement order applied for by the Cambridgeshire County Council for a little girl, named T. The mother, P, had a history of having involvement with men who were violent and who abused alcohol and drugs. She was also seen as not being capable of living independently and very likely to end up in another undesirable relationship with a violent man according to her psychiatrist.
Last year an application for a care order and placement order was made for T by the local authority but the judge gave P a supervision order instead. P’s supervision ended when it was decided that there were no concerns about her basic care towards her daughter, T, who seemed to benefit from her mother’s undivided attention. It was later discovered that during these supervised visits P was having involvement with an unsuitable man who was homeless and had a criminal history which could possibly breach the threshold criteria.
The Honourable Judge Greene looked at the case and decided P’s involvement with this man did not breach the threshold criteria however there clearly had been breaches of the written agreement and supervision plan put in place for P. The judge therefore decided that another care order would not be appropriate in these circumstances and instead suggested to the local authority and P that an extended supervision order would be more appropriate to which both parties agreed and extended it by 3 more years.
Full judgement can be read here
Summary by Claire Richardson