A judge, parental alienation and the human rights of two children

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A judge is set to decide whether the human rights of two children have been affected by parental alienation.

The same judge has just ordered a council to pay the children’s father £15,000 after he was accused of sexual abuse and prevented from seeing his children for two years.

The man had made a complaint that social services bosses at Luton Borough Council had breached his human rights. Council bosses have apologised and agreed to pay £15,000 damages, the judge has been told.

Details of the case emerged in a ruling by Mr Justice Cobb following a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London. The judge said neither the children nor their father could be identified.

He said the man and the children’s mother had become involved in a legal dispute over the children after separating five years ago and the woman had made “serious allegations” about the man and one child and later claimed that he had sexually abused both his off-spring.

The man had been arrested and had not been able to see his children for two years.

But a social worker feared the children had been made to make false allegations and it was decided the children’s mother had caused the youngsters “significant harm”.

Mr Justice Cobb said the children had eventually gone to live with their father and were “thriving”. The judge also said council bosses had accepted a number of “failures”.

The council accepted   a failure to communicate with the man, a failure to put in place an investigation plan, and that the man’s human rights had been breached.

Mr Justice Cobb said he had yet to decide whether the children’s human rights had also been infringed.

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