'Council social services bosses have come under fire from a family court judge after a little boy was placed with foster carers when grandparents who might have offered a home were unaware he had been born.
Judge Mary Lazarus has complained about a 'wide-ranging composite set of failings' by staff at Kent County Council.
She also said lawyers involved, and a guardian appointed to represent the boy, had to bear a share of the blame.
The judge has concluded that the boy, whose mother has mental health difficulties, should stay with the couple who are fostering him.
She said the child, now around 15 months old, has settled well in a loving home and is thriving.
But she said if the boy's mother's parents had known of his existence they would 'at the very least' have been considered as carers.
She said they had been placed in an 'unfair situation' which should never have arisen.
Detail of the case has been outlined in a written ruling published by Judge Lazarus.
She had analysed evidence at a private family court hearing in Bromley, south London, a few weeks ago.
The judge said the family involved could not be identified.'
Read more: Judge slams Kent social services bosses for putting baby boy into foster care while grandparents who could have looked after him hadn't even been told he had been born
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