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.