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Cite as:  EWCA Civ 945
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COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION)
ON APPEAL FROM THE BRIGHTON COUNTY COURT
(HER HONOUR JUDGE COATES)
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
LORD JUSTICE LONGMORE
MR JUSTICE BODEY
|IN THE MATTER OF S (A Child)|
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The 2nd Applicant, the father, appeared in person and was assisted by a MacKenzie Friend.
Ms L Theis QC and Mr C Rice (instructed by East Sussex County Council Legal Services) appeared on behalf of the 1st Respondent, the local authority.
Ms Wiley (instructed by Stephen Rimmer & Co) appeared on behalf of the 2nd Respondent, the Guardian ad Litem.
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Mr Justice Bodey:
" … sadly, … the more the parents refuse, out of principle, to cooperate, the more inevitable it is that the present state of affairs will have to continue."
He urged the parents to recognise that some things in the past could have been done better. He encouraged them not to concentrate on the past but to concentrate on showing that in fact they could perfectly well care for their daughter.
"I found it very disturbing when HHJ Coates agreed with the local authority and the children's guardian there should be yet another assessment after two years in the case, as this was undermining the profession's [sic] of [the forensic psychiatrist and the independent social worker]."
He speaks of the local authority 'bombarding the parents with every assessment going, no matter how long the process would take'.
Lord Justice Thorpe:
Lord Justice Longmore:
Order: Application refused