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UK social services take baby away from Polish parents

UK social services take baby away from Polish parents

Social services in Wales have taken a three month old child into care after fearing his Polish parents were mistreating him.

A 3-month old son of a Polish couple suffered a serious stroke and consequently began to lose his eyesight. The police took the baby away and accused the parents of mistreating it, reports the Fakt tabloid.

Ania and Bartek Giruć left Gdańsk over a year ago to live in Cardiff.

Problems started when Alan woke up one night crying, reports the tabloid. The parents took him to hospital to find out that the boy had a subdural hemorrhage.

Two days later he started to lose his eyesight.

“I was with him day and night, not getting a wink of sleep and afraid of the worst. The doctors kept giving me these strange looks and I had no idea why they were doing that,” recounts the anguished mother.

The social services eventually informed the couple about the possibility of charging them with child mistreatment, claiming the mother must have been shaking the child violently, thus causing the bleeding.

Natalia and Alan were placed with a British family where no-one speaks Polish. The parents are allowed to visit the kids only two hours a day.

The parents must await trial and cannot leave the UK in the meantime.

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Police in Wales have placed a 3-month old Polish baby in local social care after accusing the parents of mistreating the child, Polish media said Friday.

Baby boy Alan, who reportedly suffered internal head bleeding, and his older sister Natalia were given to a British family to take care of them until their parents stand a trial charged with child mistreatment, Polish Radio reported.

The parents, Ania and Bartek Giruc, are allowed to see their children two hours a day and are banned from leaving Cardiff before they go on trial.

The date of the trial has not yet been fixed.

The Girucs left the Polish city of Gdansk on the eastern Baltic Sea coast a year ago to work and live in Cardiff.

During a medical checkup at a Cardiff hospital, doctors said Alan had suffered a serious stroke that resulted in his gradual losing of eyesight, the Fakt tabloid newspaper said.

Cardiff social service workers said they suspected the mother could have caused the internal head bleeding after strongly shaking Alan's head.


http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1082847/british_remove_polish_baby_from_family/index.html

Re: UK social services take baby away from Polish parents

The same story in Polish:-

Ania i Bartek Giruć rok temu opuścili Gdańsk. Zamieszkali Cardiff. W kraju zostawili rodziców, a zabrali ze sobą 4-letnią córeczkę Natalię. Ania jechała za granicę w siódmym miesiącu ciąży. Bartek dostał pracę w barze, a ona miała zająć się domem i dziećmi. Potem, gdy dzieci podrosną planowała znaleźć pracę.

22 sierpnia urodził się Alan. "Ania miała ciężki poród, ale chłopczyk był zdrowy jak ryba. To nasz wyczekany i ukochany synek" - opowiada "Faktowi" Bartek.

Szczęście runęło, gdy Alanek obudził się z płaczem - donosi bulwarówka. Coś go bolało i nie przestawał krzyczeć. Pojechali do szpitala. Diagnoza brzmiała jak wyrok: to wylew podtwardówkowy. Dwa dni później chłopczyk zaczął tracić wzrok.

"Dzień i noc byłam przy nim w szpitalu, nie spałam, bałam się najgorszego" - mówi "Faktowi" Ania. "Lekarze patrzyli na mnie podejrzliwie, nie miałam pojęcia, dlaczego" - dodaje.

Po kilku dniach mieli wrócić do domu, bo stan dziecka się poprawił, ale lekarze, policja i służby socjalne miały inny plan. Postanowili odebrać dzieci rodzicom. Zakomunikowali rodzicom, że są podejrzani o znęcanie się nad maluchami - donosi "Fakt".

"Powiedzieli, że potrząsałam dzieckiem, stąd ten wylew" - mówi Ania. Natalia i Alan trafili do angielskiej rodziny. Nikt nie mówił tam po polsku. Rodzice mogli widywać dzieci tylko dwie godziny dziennie. Zaczął się wyścig z czasem. Wszędzie szukali pomocy, słali pisma do prawników, konsulatu. Po wielomiesięcznej batalii sąd w Cardiff zgodził się, by dziećmi zajęła się babcia, która przyjechała z Polski. Ale rodzice maluchów nie mogą u niej mieszkać. Nie mogą też wyjechać z Cardiff, bo zabrano im paszporty. Muszą czekać na koniec procesu, jaki wytoczyli im Anglicy.

http://www.dziennik.pl

Re: UK social services take baby away from Polish parents

Social services have a hard time and rightly get the blame when things go wrong (and have PC problems too), but no-one ever praises them when they save lives.
BTW, "anglicy" in Wales??

Re: UK social services take baby away from Polish parents

I am sure the 3 month old is missing Polish conversation so much.
Social services, if the baby dies they are blamed, if they investigate they are wrong.

Re: UK social services take baby away from Polish parents

It's impossible to say in cases like this.

Brings to mind both madeleine Mccan and Victoria Columbie. Two very different scenarios, but in both cases the authorities got it wrong.

I have no idea what really happened here. Such cases are highly emotive and difficult for an outsider to judge. However, my view is that parents who deliberately injure their child don't usually take the child to hospital. They hide what they are doing.

There was a similar high profile case of a baby who was apparently shaken by the mother and then turned out to have a hereditary congenital defect, which led to a normal movement like jigging baby up and down in your arms to cause a brain haemmorrhage. I think they had to prove it by genetically testing the baby for a particularly rare condition.

Some similar cases in this bbc report

shaken baby convictions overturned

Re: UK social services take baby away from Polish parents

More mistaken cases, particularly where there is a genetic connection on this link :

more mistakes

Re: UK social services take baby away from Polish parents

Saying "Anglicy" meaning Welsh is just ignorant, xenophobic & plain disrespectful.

When Social Services remove a child to a place of safety, they are operating within a mandatory & strict legal framework. The criteria for action are very specific & it is much easier to err on the side of caution & not act. Parents have strong rights in UK & can challenge Social Services' actions at every stage.

This is not done lightly, and all cultural/linguistic factors are taken into account.

Re: UK social services take baby away from Polish parents

It may be that the authorities they refer to and the family they refer to are English not Welsh Jon. I mean it may be the home office in London and a family in Shrewsbury. But yes if they are welsh authorities then it is an error for which they should apologise.