“This case raises some profound questions about the scope of courts’ powers to take away children from their birth families when what is feared is, not physical abuse or neglect, but emotional or psychological harm. We are all frail human beings, with our fair share of unattractive character traits, which sometimes manifest themselves in bad behaviours which may be copied by our children. But the State does not and cannot take away the children of all the people who commit crimes, who abuse alcohol or drugs, who suffer from physical or mental illnesses or disabilities, or who espouse anti-social political or religious beliefs.”

From Lady Hale’s dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court decision of B (a Child) [2013] UKSC 33 at para.143. This case involved a challenge to a care order made with a view to placing a child for adoption.

Lady Hale