Slovakia’s foreign affairs minister Miroslav Lajcak has stepped up his efforts to resolve the situation of various Slovak families in the UK who have had their children taken by the Social Services, after his department came under fire over inaction.
A recent report on TV Joj led to a demonstration in front of the British Embassy earlier this month as people came out in support of the plight of Mrs B, who had her two children taken by social services. Since then, minister Lajcak has ordered an audit at the Embassy in London to investigate the procedure of the Embassy and to make sure all possible support is being given to other concerned families in future.
The issue was also part of the discussion at a meeting between Lajcak and his British counterpart William Hague on Wednesday at the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly, TheDaily learned today. Minister Hague confirmed that he has been informed about the case. He stressed the readiness of the British side to cooperate with Slovak authorities while respecting the independence of the British courts.
Minister Lajčák asked his British counterpart to use the resources available to him to improve and increase the level of communication between the British and Slovak authorities – as it has been miscommunication that has been at the root of misunderstandings from the outset.
Minister Lajčák will meet with the head of the Centre for International Protection of Children and Young People Andrea Cisárová next week to discuss further opportunities for solving the situation. He will also receive the grandmother (EŠ) of the two Slovak minors being held in Great Britain.
Last night five children of another Slovak family were flown back to Slovakia from Britain after the court ruled that they could be sent back to Slovakia, with their fate now to be decided on by Slovak social services. The whole family flew back on the same flight, according to SME daily, but sadly could not sit next to each other. On arrival, the children were taken to the Crisis Centre in Vranov nad Toplou.
There is a chance that the family could be reunited in the coming days, depending on the ruling issued by the local court in Humenne, which could opt for a preliminary injunction returning the children to their family. This could happen in the next few days, especially as the authorities have promised to deal with the case as swiftly as possible.
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All these coments and remarks as to what will happen now. but did anybody get an explanation on why the children has been taken from the family in first place?
No, and we probably won’t either unless the family let us know what really happened. Quite rightly, the courts aren’t in the habit of releasing sensitive child-related documentation for all and sundry. For a more balanced report, see http://spectator.sme.sk/articles/view/47714/2/adoptions_furore_continues.html
NB the children were placed in temporary foster care, which is by no means final. I work with these families a lot and believe me, these children would be better off anywhere else than in some of the dreadful conditions that they have to exist in – parents who are heroin addicts and mothers who are prostitutes, bare wires coming out of the walls, several families living under one roof (if there is a roof at all). I see such terrible things that you can’t even make it up – there is one family that I visit where the grandfather was recently operated on for throat cancer and smokes through the hole in his throat, his daughters are all sent out at night to earn money and the sons have stripped the house of all metal and sold it. Now they are complaining that the children have been placed in foster care. Sorry but words fail me sometimes.
This article seems to imply that this is a totally new development. It is not – there are similar flights that go weekly, maybe even more often, and have done for years. However, expect to see them back on the Michalovce – Birmingham express coach next week.
‘it has been miscommunication that has been at the root of misunderstandings from the outset.’ – indeed. Miscommunication by the Slovak media. TV Joj and the like should issue an apology, but I’m not holding my breath …
I am surprised… no comments from your side?
Sorry – what sort of comment do you want? This sort of thing happens all the time.
‘There is a chance that the family could be reunited in the coming days, depending on the ruling issued by the local court in Humenne, which could opt for a preliminary injunction returning the children to their family. This could happen in the next few days, especially as the authorities have promised to deal with the case as swiftly as possible.’
It is in the hands of the Slovak court now.
George, like I, is most probably too fed up the the diatribe, misinformed comments and twisted facts on this site to bother posting anything.
A Slovak court may give them the kids back – the way is clear for the UK – any Sloval family gets into bother with the Social Services, police, etc. deport them, all! Oh and get all the benefits claimed paid back please! it seems our welfare rules are OK when Slovaks are getting paid but there is problem with the rest of our rules – fine! Kick em out! and don’t let them back in.
I wonder who drew the short straw on RyanAir seating plan ??