'Throughout this distressing episode, my prime concern has been for the welfare
and safe return of Jade and Hannah Bennett.
The letter that a number of you received earlier this week raised our hopes that
restore some stability to their lives. We are disappointed that 48 hours since
the media published the letter, there has been no further contact from the
Therefore, we are proposing another course of action which we hope
will encourage Mr and Mrs Bramley to return home.
In their letter, the Bramleys asked for the girls' future to be determined by
someone independent of the county council. We feel the best way of doing this
is to ask the courts to determine what is best for the children.
The courts can hear both sides. The Bramleys can present their side of the
story and we can present ours. This way, Hannah and Jade can be represented by
the official solicitor in the court proceedings and ensure their voices are
If Mr and Mrs Bramley come back with Jade and Hannah we will not stand in the
way of them issuing a further adoption application and resolving the long term
future of these two vulnerable little girls through the courts.
In the immediate term, we feel the court, not us, should determine where Jade
and Hannah live whilst any adoption application is being considered.
We are asking the media to print in full a letter to Mr and Mrs Bramley
from me, Liz Railton, the director of social services.
We believe that Mr and Mrs Bramley will understand the steps we are urging them
to take as we are confident that they understand the legal steps involved.