Representing a new born baby

Marie represented a new born child in a case where the Local Authority wanted to remove the child at birth because of concerns about drug misuse and domestic violence which had previously led to an older sibling being removed.

The Guardian agreed with the Local Authority’s application and care plan for the child. The court also agreed that the parents could not care for the child as there had been no change to the previous problems which meant they could not care for their older child.

However, the court felt in the interim the child could be cared for by a maternal relative, who had had a positive viability assessment, and agreed an Interim Care Order and placement.