Apologies for the length of the following appeal for any advice you can offer. Ive spent the last 2 days trying to find some glimmer of hope for my family. this is just one avenue and some of you may be able to help point us in the right direction. one of my nieces turned 18 years old last year and went to the police accusing her father of prolonged sexual abuse dating from when she was 6 years old. she also alleged he had recently abused her shortly after her 18th birthday. police investigated and found conclusive proof he had recently sexually abused her. my sister had divorced this creature a few months earlier and an order banning any contact between him and their younger children was put into force. from the time of the police investigation and the court date he and other members of my nieces immediate family brought enormous pressure to bear on his victim and she basically lost her nerve at the last minute and didnt got to the court. He was found not guilty for lack of evidence but found guilty of one count of incest. he got 6 months suspended. he turned up at my sisters, his ex wifes, house and the house of their oldest daughter, herself a mother of two young children thereby breaking the court order banning him from contact with any of the younger children. this immediately meant he was sent down for the original 6 months and the case for breaking the order is now pending but will at best only warrant a 2 year sentence. however as he broke the order repeatedly and did so with my sister and her daughter the welsh social services have taken all of the children into care for their protection from this animal stating that their mothers were not protectiing them from him. i attended a family meeting on saturday with the welsh social workers responsible for the case. It was only at this point that i learned of what had been going on. my family felt it best that i wasnt informed as they were afraid of what i would do. The social worker started off by saying that irrespective of what we tried to do they were recommending all the children be kept in the care system and put up for adoption as their mothers had shown they could not protect them from their abuser. My questions were concerned with what was going to happen to the paedophile father. if he was sent down for a substantial period of time then my sister and her daughters children would be safe. I was appalled to discover the CPS is not going to be charging him with child abuse and he is not even going to be placed on a sex offenders register as he was not found guilty of the offence. he cannot be charged with the same offence apparently The family court,however, decided that he posed a significant danger to the youngest children and that their mothers had not shown they could protect them and ordered them taken into care. So where the Criminal court could do nothting the Family court found there was enough evidence that placed the children at significant risk. from what i can see my sister, her daughter and their 5 children are all being punished as this animal walks free to prey on someone elses children. If he was able to abuse his own child what is going to stop him doing worse? My family pulled together on this and offered to foster/adopt the children but the welsh social services have refused their petition. The family meeting was called to see what we as a family could do to offer support but the Sw had already told us that whatever we decided was pointless. how can we fight the social services? My sister and her daughter are as much victims in all this as my poor niece. The whole situation has traumatised my family who are in a no win situation. Members of our family are going to be broken up and adopted by strangers because of a child abuser who walks free whilst his victims are being punished. i really despair for the wellbeing of my sister and her daughter who have lost their children and for my niece who was bullied into keeping silent. My sister and her daughter were wrong not to contact the police immediately the worm tried to get contact but surely HE is the criminal NOT my sister and niece. Why should they pay for his appalling crimes? I agree wholeheartedly this excuse for a man should never see his children ever again but why take them away from their mothers? what can we do? we are only the little people facing the might of the institution of the social services. we cant possibly win here. Can we?