Anxious wait for verdict on baby; Mum-to-be not allowed to attend key panel.Byline: By Ben Guy
A MOTHER-to-be was not allowed to attend the meeting that will decide the fate of her unborn child because of council policy.
Earlier this month Fran Lyon was told her child would be taken from her at birth because social services social services
welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs
social services npl → servicios mpl sociales say she is likely to make up an illness or harm the child in order to get attention.
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She said: "I found out late last week that I am not allowed to go to the meeting.
"It is an extra level of anxiety and, given how difficult things are already, it wasn't needed and could have been avoided.
"It seems a bit farcical far·ci·cal
1. Of or relating to farce.
a. Resembling a farce; ludicrous.
b. Ridiculously clumsy; absurd.
"I have written to them saying I am not 100% sure that this is the best way to do things, but I don't want to cause trouble and rock boats, so I am just leaving it be and, if it is the way their policy says they do it, then we just have to wait." Miss Lyon has made a written submission, which will be put before the panel as her case for keeping the child, which she has called Molly.
She said: "I won't find out the result until they send it to me in writing, so I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how long that will take.
"I presume pre·sume
v. pre·sumed, pre·sum·ing, pre·sumes
1. To take for granted as being true in the absence of proof to the contrary: We presumed she was innocent. they make a decision today and then write the letter.
"They could have made it a bit clearer because until late last week I thought I would be going to the hearing."
Miss Lyon reiterated that she would take the matter to a judicial review if her appeal was not upheld.
A county council spokesman said: "Although complaints of this nature are rare, in accordance Accordance is Bible Study Software for Macintosh developed by OakTree Software, Inc.
As well as a standalone program, it is the base software packaged by Zondervan in their Bible Study suites for Macintosh. with national and local guidance, in such circumstances parents are formally invited to make written representation to the complaints panel.
"On top of this, parents are also offered the opportunity to meet personally with representatives of the Northumberland Safeguarding Board practice sub-committee, which forms the complaints panel.
"Unfortunately it may be the case that parents decline to take up this opportunity.
"The complaints panel considers written submissions and decides on the basis of those submissions whether to call for a child protection conference to be reconvened."
Miss Lyon suffered a traumatic childhood in which she began self-harming and was admitted to psychiatric psy·chi·at·ric
Of or relating to psychiatry.
psychiatric adjective Pertaining to psychiatry, mental disorders care. She suffered a personality disorder personality disorder
Mental disorder that is marked by deeply ingrained and lasting patterns of inflexible, maladaptive, or antisocial behaviour to the degree that an individual's social or occupational functioning is impaired. , for which she was successfully treated, but social services officials still say she is likely to suffer from Munchausen's Syndrome Noun 1. Munchausen's syndrome - syndrome consisting of feigning acute and dramatic illness for which no clinical evidence is ever found
syndrome - a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease by proxy, the condition which causes mothers to invent illnesses or harm their children for attention.
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DESPERATE: Fran Lyon, of Hexham, may have her baby taken away from her.