Tim case study

Tim was born at home without any health or social care professionals knowing as his mum had kept the pregnancy a secret. She and her partner were both drug addicts and she’d already had six children removed from her care.

Our support workers eventually discovered Tim after a mum (who uses our local Action for Children centre in the town) informed a member of staff that she was convinced the mother was pregnant again.

The support worker reported the information to the area’s MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) which contacted social services. A midwife and social worker visited the mother and asked her to do a pregnancy test. But the test came back as negative, so the case was closed.

The concerned mum returned to the children’s centre several months later and said there was a new born baby in the home of the drug addicts. After the support worker called MASH, who advised her to call the police, officers visited the home with social workers and discovered a 5-week-old baby.

Tim had been born at home with no medical attention and his mum hadn’t had any antenatal or post-natal care. He was addicted to heroin.

Baby Tim was immediately taken into hospital to receive care and medical attention and is now free from drug addiction. He has since been fostered alongside sibling number six.

It later transpired that the mum had faked the pregnancy test by getting someone else to give a urine sample but thanks to a concerned mum and Action for Children, Tim is now healthy and happy and out of harm’s way.

The support worker said: “I think without our intervention the mum would have raised him in secret. He would not have been registered with any health professionals and would have had a lot of problems.”

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