A mother has had her son taken from her care after a social worker claimed that allowing him to sit in an Bob the Builder toy car was inappropriate for his age.
The social worker reportedly said that she had become worried about the woman’s ‘basic parenting skills’ and her ‘insight’ after observing her interact with the one-year-old over a period.
The private family court hearing is said to have been told that all professionals involved were concerned about the woman’s ‘lack of insight’.
The judge was reportedly told the social worker was concerned that the woman didn’t feed her son properly and hadn’t changed his nappy in a normal way.
The boy was put in the care of relatives. The mother is allowed to stay in contact.
The judge said the social worker watched the woman ‘spend about an hour holding the boy who was sitting in the Bob the Builder car’. The social worker thought the child was in danger of falling if his mother lost control of him.
The judge is reported to have said in her ruling that concerns included not feeding the boy in an appropriate position, not changing his nappy in the right way and placing the nappy changing mat close to a metal table leg.