Two children have been taken from the care of a woman who is partly deaf and has a learning disability after a family court judge said 'kisses and cuddles are not enough'.
Judge Martin Dancey has concluded that the 35-year-old woman and her 59-year-old husband are not able to meet the needs of the youngsters - a girl aged three and a boy who is approaching his first birthday. The judge said the couple loved their children 'very much indeed' and said the woman had 'done everything she possibly could' to look after them.
He said the youngsters needed more than kisses and cuddles - and concluded that both must be placed for adoption. Detail of the case has emerged in a ruling by Judge Dancey following a private family court hearing in Bournemouth, Dorset. He has not identified anyone involved, including the council.
The judge said the court hearing had been conducted with 'careful regard to the mother's needs'. Two lip-speakers had translated, lawyers and social workers had been encouraged to dispense with jargon and speak in everyday language and the judge said he had produced an 'easy read' version of his ruling. Judge Dancey said the woman had a 'mild learning disability' and was partly deaf in both ears.
He said the woman's husband was her registered carer.