Couple Lose Custody of their Children after School’s ‘Security’ Concerns
The man, a business consultant, was concerned that two of his three children – who are all under 13 – might be at risk of abduction because of the family’s connections.
Telling the school that the children were related to European royalty and that his brother was a senior Army officer, the father is said to have asked for permission – which was granted – to pick up his children inside the two schools attended by his eldest children.
However, one of the head teachers went to the police because of her “concerns”.
This led to the parents’ background being investigated and concerns being raised, initially over the father’s mental state and then for the safety of his children.
Lord Monckton, who has investigated the allegations, described the episode as “the worst case of child abduction by social services that I have ever come across”.
He accused a social worker and a police officer, both female, of plotting together against the couple, who live in the east of England.
Lord Monckton has now reported the two women to the local police force and council for alleged improper conduct.
Lord Monckton claims that on May 18 a social worker approached the father as he arrived, with his wife, to pick up one of their children from school.
The father has told the peer that when he was asked to accompany her, he demanded to see her identification but she refused to show him. He claims he was then handcuffed by two police officers.
His wife was also detained when she went to remonstrate, and their youngest child was taken away screaming, according to the family’s account. Later all three children were taken into care.
The father was then detained under the Mental Health Act, although his wife was released later the same day.
“However, the father’s supporters say that on May 28, he appeared before a mental health tribunal and was given a complete discharge; yet his children remain in care.
The Sunday Telegraph has had no direct contact with the family. It is understood that the social worker and police officer have justified their actions in statements to a family court.
A council spokesman said: “We have no comment to make because the matter is in front of the courts.”