Coun­cil to pay for Pol­ish lessons

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COUN­CIL bosses are to pay for a Pol­ish boy liv­ing with foster car­ers to have Pol­ish lessons, a fam­ily court judge has said.

Mr Jus­tice Fran­cis said the boy was now aged un­der 10 and had spent more than the first half of his life in Poland be­fore be­ing brought to Wales by his mother.

The judge said Cardiff City Coun­cil, which has wel­fare re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for him, will make fund­ing avail­able so that he can have Pol­ish lessons.

He in­di­cated his ap­proval, say­ing it was es­sen­tial that the young­ster stayed in touch with his Pol­ish her­itage.

The boy has been at the cen­tre of fam­ily court pro­ceed­ings over­seen by Mr Jus­tice Fran­cis.

De­tail of his case has emerged in a writ­ten rul­ing pub­lished by the judge fol­low­ing a fam­ily court hear­ing in Cardiff.

So­cial work­ers had in­ter­vened af­ter the boy’s mother re­turned to Poland and the boy was tem­po­rar­ily placed with foster par­ents.

Mr Jus­tice Fran­cis, who is based in the Fam­ily Di­vi­sion of the High Court in Lon­don, has now ruled that the boy should stay with those foster par­ents.

He said they would be­come the boy’s spe­cial guardians.

“It is im­por­tant to have re­gard to his Pol­ish her­itage,” said Mr Jus­tice Fran­cis in his rul­ing.

“I en­cour­age (his foster car­ers) to al­low him to mix with other Pol­ish chil­dren.”

Mr Jus­tice Fran­cis ruled that the boy could not be iden­ti­fied, but he said so­cial ser­vices bosses at Cardiff City Coun­cil had asked him to make de­ci­sions about the young­ster’s fu­ture.

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