The Royal Court of Justice in London has ruled to return two Slovak boys that were taken from their parents by Social Services to their family, under the custody of their grandmother, but their return might not be so soon, TV Joj reported today.
The two boys should return to Slovakia to live with their grandmother by 4 January 2013, but if the respective social service officers in the case decide to lodge an appeal, everything could be held up again. The boys mother captured the media’s attention about her case, which eventually led to demonstrations at the British Embassy in Bratislava and the diplomatic service getting involved.
As it stands, the whole case has set a precedence in the UK, which means that it will become part of the case law and so the ruling will have to be considered in other similar cases. The two boys were already marked for adoption, being saved at the last minute by the court extending the term of appeal lodged by the grandmother. The adoption decision was reverted, and the grandmother acknowledged guardianship.
The case raised awareness of certain problems in the system of social services in the UK, and to shortcomings on the side of Slovak officials and social workers, as well as the former inactivity of the Children for International Legal Protection of Children. The Slovak Embassy in London and the social services in Slovakia were also audited as a result.