The province has come out swinging against a BC Supreme Court ruling that said social workers ignored a judge’s orders and placed a toddler with a sexually abusive father.
In documents filed in the Court of Appeal, BC government lawyers say the trial judge ignored expert evidence from a pediatric psychologist, a parental capacity assessment expert and a court-appointed psychologist.
The experts all believed alleged abuse by the father against older siblings was unlikely to have occurred and that the mother J.P. was in need of serious psychiatric help before she could safely parent.
The 83-page factum describes a highly volatile relationship between J.P. and the children’s father with social workers acting in good faith to navigate through competing allegations.
What’s not in question is the toddler was sexually abused.
But the province argues, just because social workers ended up being wrong, doesn’t mean they were negligent.