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Hard Choices: You've chosen to ask Kelly's relatives for help

Updated Tuesday 26th October 2004

 Unexpected problems.

In this instance, your solution wouldn't work: The only one of Kelly’s relatives who offers help is not considered to be a suitable person to take responsibility for Kelly and the baby owing to the relative's involvement with drugs, alcohol and prostitution. Danny asked his mother if they could live with her but she said her husband would not tolerate a baby in the household. Kelly is effectively without the care and support of family members. Circumstances mean you have to look for local authority provision.

Specialist placements for young mothers and babies are both in high demand and expensive. The nearest suitable accommodation for Kelly is thirty miles away from the city. Kelly is placed with a foster family who live in a large and well-furnished house in a rural community. Their lifestyle is very different from any Kelly has experienced and she is upset by what she sees as their obsession with table manners.

Carla is born and placed on the child protection register. At first Kelly is not allowed to take the baby out on her own and struggles to feel that Carla is really hers. Her mother comes to visit and buys clothes for Carla. Kelly hopes that this might be the beginning of a different relationship with her family but it is not.

Danny visits but frequent arguments give rise to concerns about the future of the relationship.

After three months, Kelly’s unhappiness in the foster home results in her being moved back to the city and a different foster carer.

After a few weeks the new foster carer calls social services with a concern. She has seen Kelly bathing Carla whilst acting in a way that suggests she is drunk.


Your Choice
As Kelly’s social worker, what should you do?
Make arrangements to remove Carla from Kelly's care.

Make arrangements to assess Kelly's parenting skills and capacity.



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