Sandria acted for a very young Father. It was clear that he needed a level of support and assistance with reading and understanding documents and proceedings. The parents had separated with the Mother in a Mother and Baby placement. The Local Authority had serious concerns about the parents’ abilities, but the Father was showing some insight about his capabilities.
The PAMS parenting assessment has been completed, but it is now apparent that a cognitive assessment needs to be carried out with a view to the possible appointment of an intermediary to enable the matter to proceed fairly and justly
The application for a cognitive assessment was granted, current contact arrangements sorted out and assistance from a family member was agreed to support the Father at future meetings.
With Sandria’s support and sensitivity towards his needs, after some discussions the Father was able to show a better level of insight, and a better understanding of the realistic options.