Kieran was placed with concurrent planning carers straight from hospital when he was 2 days old, under a voluntary arrangement. There were many concerns regarding his young parents’ ability to care for him such as long term alcohol and drug misuse, lack of support, domestic abuse and mental health issues. However, his parents fully cooperated with contact 3 times a week as well as daily breathalyser, other drug tests and numerous appointments with the various agencies involved. Through the support offered during contact, their baby care skills quickly developed, they really engaged positively with professionals and took advice and it became clear that rehabilitation was a real possibility.
Given the progress that his parents were making, the duration of contact was increased which the carers viewed as a strong indicator of the likely outcome. Following Court agreement of the local authority care plan, a timetable was drawn up for his return to their care with increasing contact for Kieran with his parents, including spending time at their flat with unannounced visits.