So my sisters health visitor told her the other day that she should report her to social services due to the mess of her house (it's disgusting, I refuse to take my son near her house, you cannot see her floors and her kitchen is full of mouldy food and dirty dishes)
Our family hopes it won't come down to it but if she gets her son taken away from her will social services place him with a relative or would he go straight into care??
On a slight tangent she isn't setting a good example for her son with the mess of her house and sleeping with her partners friend and feeding him chips and chocolate and donuts (he's 8 months old) so we hope that this warning from her health visitor will encourage her to straighten things out
Hopefully the warning will be enough to get her to pull her socks up! However, if not, social services would always try to place a child with a family member before taking them into care. They would also (unless the child is in immediate danger) work with your sister first before looking at removing her lo. My husband works for social services and I used too as well. :-)
As pp said, removing a child from their parents is always the last resort so they would try and work with your sister to improve the living conditions before removing the child. And they would seek to place the child with extended family before foster carers. People often see social services as the enemy but they would be seeking to support parents as much as they can as long as the child is not in immediate danger.
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