The best person to bring up a child is the natural parent. It matters not whether the parent is wise or foolish, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, provided the child’s moral and physical health are not endangered. Public authorities cannot improve on nature.

Lord Templeman in the House of Lords decision Re KD (A Minor) (Ward: Termination of Access) [1988] AC 806 at p.812.

Lord Templeman