Qualified nurse has one-year-old son removed over ‘basic parenting skills’ concerns

A qualified nurse has had a one-year-old boy taken from her care after a social worker raised concern about the way she let him sit in a Bob The Builder toy car, which was “inappropriate” for his age.

The social worker told a family court judge how she had concerns about the woman’s “basic parenting skills” after observing her with the child in a play area.

Judge Eleanor Owens heard how the social worker also felt that the woman had not fed the boy appropriately and had not changed his nappy appropriately.

The judge said all professionals involved were concerned about the woman’s “lack of insight” and said the social worker had “highlighted” some of those concerns.

She ruled that the little boy should live with relatives, but said he would be able to stay in touch with his mother.

Detail of the case has emerged in a ruling by Judge Owens following a private family court hearing in Reading, Berkshire.

Council social services staff had asked her to make decisions about the boy’s future.

She said no-one involved could be identified.

Judge Owens said the woman was a qualified nurse, but had an “extremely low range” of intellectual inability.

She said an independent social worker had prepared a report after observing mother and son.

“The independent social worker highlighted some of the concerns around [the woman’s] ability to meet the needs of [the boy],” said the judge in her ruling.

“These include … not feeding [the boy] in an appropriate position, not changing [his] nappy appropriately, and placing [his] nappy changing mat very close to a metal table leg when [he] was moving around on the mat.”

Judge Owens said the social worker watched the woman, “spend about an hour holding [the boy] who was sitting in the Bob The Builder car”.

The social worker had told how the woman “maintained limited eye contact and communication” and said the Bob The Builder toy car was “inappropriate” for his age because there was “a potential risk of [the boy] falling if [the woman] lost control of him”.

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