A family living in the Falkland Islands have been made the subjects of a six-month family assistance order after their daughter was placed with two unsafe foster families.
When the family in Re C moved to the Islands, their daughter was initially unable to live with her parents because they had not secured accommodation. She was therefore placed with a foster family, and while living there witnessed the sexual abuse of one the family’s children.
The girl was removed from that family and placed with friends of the parents but received no support following the incident of abuse and no check were carried out on the new family.
Senior Magistrate CJ Gumsley criticised social services on the Islands. They had largely ignored the girl’s welfare and not asked basic questions or carried out basic checks, causing delays and harm to the child.
The girl’s parents had finally found a place to live, so it was proposed that she go back to live with them. However, the family clearly needed help and did not understand the risk of sexual predators.
The magistrate accepted claims that there had been significant improvements to social services on the Islands and was confident the family would now receive the necessary support.