I have just read in the Sunday Telegraph an article which has reported that a couple whose daughter was taken away from them (sorry no link, Page 12) cannot have her back. "A judge who approved the removal after he found that the father had been confrontational (can you blame the father?) towards social workers who had come to monitor his family. This couple have not been accused of harming this child and are both professional. Council officials claimed that the child was "likely to suffer significant emotional or physical harm" because of her mother's history of mental illness. There were episodes were the mother was filmed in hospital when the mother had failed to wake up when the child cried. The mother wanted a shower before feeding, she appeared to lose concentration when feeding the child, she failed to change the nappy promptly. The judge said that the care had been deficient. Of course the mother wont wake up instantly. She had just a fcuking caesarean so was understandably tired. The lack of concentration is obviously a result of fatigue. This seems to be another example of councils meeting Government targets for adoptions. It is absolutely fcuking disgraceful that a bunch of useless, inefficient, in-your-face bureaucratic simpletons have the power to do this. Had the child been at risk then I personally would have agreed but because of unsubstantiated claims this couple now have to go through the heartbreak of not seeing their child grow up. No social worker is ever named and they should be and they should be held accountable. There is also a letter (Page 26) about a woman who, having been found not guilty in a court of law, of abuse cannot have her children back as they were taken into care. The type of abuse isnt mentioned but it is yet another example of this nanny state continuously meddling in family life and undermining an important fabric of social life.