British couple with intellectual disabilities wins court battle following separa

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huhn

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A couple with intellectual disabilities from the United Kingdom has won compensation in a unique court case after their new-born child was taken away by social services.

The couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons but are in their 30s, were separated from their their baby for more than a year. They now received £12,000 in compensation after a court battle this month.

The court heard how the medical professionals responsible had failed to identify that the woman was pregnant. It however remains to be seen whether or not she had intentionally concealed the pregnancy.

Following the birth of the child, social workers from the City Council of Leicester, the city where the couple reside, claimed that the child was Ďat risk of significant harmí and could not return home with the parents.

Over the year after the birth, the Council systematically failed to launch proper proceedings to investigate whether or not the parents were fit and proper to look after their child. It was not until almost a year later that the couple was invited to attend a 12-week residential course for an assessment.

The judge hearing the case concluded that the fundamental human rights of the couple were breached as Council representatives failed to consult them and they were not fairly represented. Clifford Bellamy, the judge supporting the family, also claimed that the council had failed to respect the privacy and family life of the young family.

While the council was ordered to pay £6,000 to each parent, both of whom have an intellectual disability, the parents suffered a considerable loss of time with their new-born daughter.

The child is soon to turn 18 months old and the couple is able to care for her under supervision from the cityís social services.

   

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BBC link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-29847457

The story's dated 31st October, but I didn't see it at the time, so thank you, Huhn.

I have to say, a mere £12,000 seems pathetic compensation for parents losing a whole year with their child.