It was a cold day in February five years ago when a psychologist sent by the local authority issued a chilling warning to Sinead: Give up your rights to protect your son or we will take him from you.
After 25 years of caring for someone with autism, including winning a judicial review to ensure funding for his education, Sinead was not too scared by the threat.
‘There is not a court in the land that would do such a thing,’ she replied.
One month later, police turned up on her doorstep with a council official to say that a secret court hearing had empowered the authorities to seize her son Martin.
At the same time, social workers arrived at the farm where Martin was enjoying work experience and told him that they needed to take him into safety since his parents were unable to care for him – and then put him in a care home two counties away.
Read this chilling story at DailyMail.uk here.