Children taken from mother after social workers concern about partner’s violent past

Five children have been taken from their mother after social workers raised concern about her partner’s violent past.

Judge Eleanor Owens has approved a plan to place the children into council care pending decisions about their long-term future.

She was told that the woman’s partner had, a decade ago, been jailed after being convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to a baby from a previous relationship.

A social work report had referred to his “eruptive anger”.

The children were living with their mother and she had promised that her partner would have no “unsupervised contact”.

But social workers had intervened after evidence revealed that he had been staying at the family home.

Judge Owens made decisions in March following a private hearing at a family court in Oxford.

Detail has emerged after two Court of Appeal judges considered the case at a public Court of Appeal hearing in London.

Lord Justice Peter Jackson and Lord Justice Baker have published a ruling on a number of legal issues and outlined background.

They did not identify the family involved but said social services bosses at Oxfordshire County Council had responsibility for the children’s welfare.

Appeal judges said Judge Owens was due to further consider the case in the near future.

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