The local authority had negatively assessed the grandparents as not being able to meet their granddaughter’s complex needs; this was based on the expert opinions of a psychiatrist and independent social worker. Rose cross-examined both experts, who under questioning accepted that in fact the grandparents should be given the chance to show they could meet their granddaughter’s needs.

Despite this the local authority continued to resist placement with them to the conclusion of the hearing. Following submissions the Judge directed the local authority to change their care plan and place the child with the grandparents, stating she was ‘impressed’ with their commitment and insight to their granddaughter.

The grandparents said of Rose’s involvement ‘her cross-examination skills were simply brilliant… She gave us realistic expectations and we believe that we would not have won our case without her’.


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