OCC v W

Family proceedings – Orders in family proceedings. Having carefully weighed two competing placement options, concerning a child (A), who was the subject of an interim care order, it was held that his welfare required that he remained in the care of his mother, who had previously had mental health issues, but where she did not have a clinically diagnosed disorder and was meeting A's needs to a good standard. The Family Court held that the risks of placement with her were sufficiently ameliorated by being managed under the proposed 12-month supervision order and with compliance with a written agreement. Accordingly, the court granted a 12-month supervision order in the favour of the applicant authority. Further, A's father was granted parental responsibility and the court endorsed a final care plan, as amended, in respect of contact.

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