A severely disabled man can no longer visit his parents at home after carers raised concerns about the behaviour of his parents.
The 20 year-old lives in a care home and required support from staff during his visits home. But the parents have a fractious, “difficult” relationship with the carers and social workers, High Court judge Mrs Justice Eleanor King heard. The man’s father had been jailed after assaulting a social worker and care home staff now refused to accompany him during the home visits, the Independent reports.
Sitting at the Court of Protection, the judge noted:
“Only the care home manager herself and her deputy were willing, the rest of her staff fearing that the parents would not co-operate, would interfere with the care they provided for [the man] and would be aggressive and intimidating towards them. They believed there was a high risk of confrontation with [the parents] which would compromise their ability to support [the man].”
In spite of the man’s right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the judge continued:
“In all the circumstances … contact at the family home is not an available option now or in the foreseeable future.”
The man’s parents would still be able to visit him at the care home.