One story sums up for me, the social care teams' dismissive attitude to Steven's normal home life.
When they submitted their papers for court, the social worker's manager (in the social worker's absence) wrote a paragraph about the council's "care plan" for Steven. This covered their plan to move Steven, under section, to a hospital in Wales and included the proposal that his contact with me, could be via "a webcam facility".
In the next paragraph, he turned his attention on me:
"Mr Neary senior has been wholly un-cooperative with our plan. Instead he has chosen to focus on the loss Steven will experience of his family, his support workers and his 'friends'".
When I read this statement, I went ballistic but sobbed myself senseless as well. Note that the word friends is in inverted commas.
Steven Neary has FRIENDS? Ha Ha!
It was so mocking and contemptuous that I made Amanda, our barrister, promise that she would slaughter him over it if she got him into the witness box.
In one sentence, it tells us everything we need to know about the social care team's attitude to family and friends. But more importantly, their view about the person they are charged with the care of. By inserting inverted commas around friends, he revealed the belief that the idea that Steven might have friendships that he values, as laughable.