Social services cut dying mother’s time with children
A dying mother has appealed for more time with her children after being banned from seeing them for more than 90 minutes a fortnight.
The woman, who suffers from a terminal brain disorder, has had her visiting time reduced by social services because of concerns about her failing health.
Her two children – a 12-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy – were taken into care three years ago after the daughter told a teacher that she had been abused by a friend of her mother.
The allegation was later dismissed but the children remain with foster parents because social workers are concerned that their mother – referred to as Kate Brown for legal reasons – is unable to guarantee their safety.
Mrs Brown, who has learning difficulties a history of alcohol problems, had been allowed seven hours of access a fortnight. But she has now been told that she can have only a few minutes with her children each week.
“By the time they get here, it is already time for them to go,” she told The Times.
The children’s extended family have offered to take the children in to allow them to spend more time with their mother, but their proposals have been rejected by social services. Meanwhile, the children have been getting into trouble at school and are said to be on the brink of exclusion.
“The social workers say they have got new families. But we are their family,” said Mrs Brown’s sister. “When they’re 16 people won’t want to know them.”
A spokesman for the city council, which cannot be identified, said: “This case is going through an official process and we are unable to comment.”