Child Safety had removed four children from their parents, and while the Department worked with the parents, the grandparents were caring for the children.
Each child had suffered serious and significant domestic violence at the hands of the parents including physical abuse and neglect.
Their grandmother had been involved in the childrens' lives since the beginning, and had intervened numerous times with the parents to ensure the children were fed and clothed and sent to school.
The grandparents now sought legal advice and assistance to have their responsibilities as parents formalised.
Law students from Suncoast Community Legal Service, working closely with a lawyer from the centre, took instructions from the children’s grandmother and assisted in collating medical evidence and correspondence from Child Safety to commence proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court. Eventually the grandparents were successful in obtaining sole parental responsibility for all four children.