Social worker couple leave son, 10, with learning difficulties at home alone

Social worker couple leave son, 10, with learning difficulties at home alone
Published: 2016 October 26 20:28:39 (7052 Views)
A couple who worked as social workers left their own 10-year-old son, who has learning difficulties, at home on his own while they travelled from Devon to London.

The boy's mother, a senior social worker, and stepfather, who worked in mental health services, left the boy at their home in the South West while they made the 300-mile return trip.

Police found the youngster - who has the abilities of a seven year old - laying on his sofa on his own, and he later started crying and repeatedly asking 'for his mummy', a court heard.

The couple, who cannot be named to protect the child's identity, have now been ordered to complete unpaid work for child neglect.

Exeter Magistrates Court were told police went to the family's Devon home in July last year after concerns were raised.

The boy told officers that his parents had gone 'away to London' before he broke down and asked for his 'mummy'.

After returning home, the mother said she was rushing some medication to London for her mother who was flying out of the country.

She claimed she initially intended to make the return journey on her own, but suffered a panic attack and so was taken by her husband.



She claimed her husband intended to get a train straight back to Devon, and estimated they were only going to be away for five hours.

The couple said they did not consider taking he boy with him because he would be too 'tired the next day'.

The boy was briefly taken into care by authorities and the couple were charged with child neglect.

Their lawyer told the court the couple have since split up and now live in different parts of the country. They share responsibility for the boy.

The couple's lawyer Caroline Salvatore told the court: 'They were both working in social care all their lives and both have lost their jobs and are having to sell their house.

'One misjudgment and they have lost everything - their son, their home, their jobs, and split up the family.

'This could not have more wrong. One bad misjudgment affected all their lives. They have been punished quite severely for this error of judgement.'

The couple, both aged 50, admitted one charge of neglect of a child. They were sentenced to a 12 month community order to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.



Source - Dailymail

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