The Court of Appeal has granted a father permission to appeal against the termination of his parental rights.
In the case of CW v SG, the father had lost his parental rights in relation to his biological son, called ‘D’ in case reports. The father had been convicted of the sexual abuse of his two of his partner’s daughters and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Mr Justice Baker concluded that the boy’s emotional needs and sense of security within his extended family would be threatened by an active relationship with his father following the conviction. The judge rejected a claim that the removal would breach the father’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights because the parents were unmarried.
However, the Court of Appeal will now reconsider that conclusion.
It was the first removal of a parent’s legal rights, under section 4(2A) of the Children Act, since 1995. In that case, Re P, the judge terminated the parental responsibility of a father who had been sent to prison for injuring his child.
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