The blame for this sorry tale has been placed on the inadequate SGO assessment and subsequent support. But the facts set out suggest this was never the right order. Local authorities and courts shy away from family placements with a Care Order. They shouldn't! There's no reason why a Care Order shouldn't be used in these circumstances.
Bonnie entered a SGO with her grandmother in February 2013. A 12 month supervision order was also made to Devon council. The SGO was made on the understanding the child’s grandfather, who had a history of alleged sexual abuse towards his own children and domestic violence towards the grandmother, should have no contact. However, 18 months after the SGO was made, social services undertook a section 47 child protection investigation over concerns the grandfather was living in the home. The review found the decision to close the case was “crucial” to subsequent events, where the grandfather made fresh contact with the family and the grandmother broke the conditions of the SGO.